An Inside Look: The Color Changing Pink Wall in DTLA

I actually like both of these pictures. This is from the famous Pink Wall in Los Angeles at the Paul Smith store.

I of course wanted to get some pictures of this building because of the giant, all pink wall. It’s basically on every Los Angeles photographer’s (or aspiring model) todo list.

While the giant pink wall is undoubtedly cool, I was more interested in the people who go there to take pictures of themselves.

I was able to capture that with the girl in the center of the picture taking a selfie! I also like how the guy is looking at his phone, perhaps looking at his selfies or getting ready to post it somewhere. The last girl seems to be rolling her eyes at the selfish idiocy of it all — her hand resting on her hips gives me this thought.

I do like the color version of this picture, but the black and white version seems to go beyond the trendy into more of a statement piece. It feels more powerful.

An Inside Look: An LA Story 2017

I’m driving to Downtown Los Angeles one typical May Grey morning, excited to roam wherever the pictures take me.

After exiting the freeway and crossing the Fourth St Bridge, I could see this mural approaching. I fumble around for my phone and blindly open the stock camera app in hopes of getting a picture of the mural.

As I drove closer, I glanced in my rear view mirror to see if there were any cars behind me so I could slow down to get a better picture.

Four cars behind me and three in the lane to my right unnecessarily increased my speed and urgency!

I reach across my chest and grab my phone with my left hand, ducking it under my right arm and hand holding the steaming wheel.

Just after I clear my left hand past my right arm, there is all of a sudden tension, then the phone flies out of my hand.

Luckily, my window was rolled up!

I grab my phone and push the button to roll the window down. I compose my shot as best I can driving 54 miles an hour (I can’t drive 55, like Sammy Hagar).

I snap off three or four shots with my thumb not knowing if I got anything good.

An hour or so later, while eating a yummy Big Dipper from Cole’s, I look and see that three shots are in focus. The second shot was the keeper!

I am a bit annoyed that the mural is not perfectly centered. However, as an English teacher, I am certain I can come up with some sort of symbolism.

I later put the picture into Hipstamatic’s wonderful Tintype app. I tend to use that app with murals and street art.