“Filtered” Fun

I’ve been playing with photoshop filters and just loved this effect, using the “Negative” filter from the “Photographic Effects” set.dsc_7589_negative-2

And here’s the original, which I thought had lots of¬†competing elements –lines, shapes, texture and shadows. The filtered version highlights shapes and lines while keeping texture and shadows in a supportive role. Agree?dsc_7589_negative-1

Photo taken at the Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA.

Our Lady of the Angels

Last week I took advantage of the fact that I had to be downtown to also visit and photograph a few of LA’s landmarks. The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels was one of them.

In 1996,¬†renowned Spanish architect Jos√© Rafael Moneo was commissioned to design a new cathedral for Los Angeles to replace the Cathedral of Saint Vibiana, severely damaged during the 1994 earthquake. The fact that the 5.6 acre site overlooked the Hollywood Freeway did not deter Moneo. Just as many European Cathedrals are built near rivers, Moneo¬†considered the freeway as Los Angeles’ river of transportation, the connection of people to each other.

Using elements of postmodern architecture, the church and the Cathedral Center feature a series of acute and obtuse angles while avoiding right angles.¬†The tapestries that adorn the cathedral walls were created by artist John Nava. This is the largest collection hanging in a Catholic place of worship in the United States.¬†The “Communion of Saints” consists of females and males of all ages, races, occupations and vocations the world over. Saints from the Renaissance period are intermingled with people from the 1st century and the 20th century.

The cathedral was almost empty and very quiet when I visited.¬†I wonder what it’s like to be there for mass when it’s filled to capacity, on Christmas, Easter, and other holidays.


dsc_7460_lacathedralbwwebI was shooting some photos at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels –will have a series on that later– when¬†this scene caught my eye. I am not a practicing catholic but I respect¬†people with strong faith. That’s what I sensed¬†there.

Thursday Doors – 09.22.2016

These are some of the¬†doors of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, in New York.st-patricksweb-dsc_0037

The door below is St. Patrick’s “Door of Mercy.” The Pope has urged catholics to take the opportunity to¬†obtain a plenary indulgence during the Year of Mercy by passing through a designated Holy Door. stpatricksweb-dsc_0027 stpatricksweb-dsc_0056 ¬†st-patrickesweb-dsc_0048stpatricksweb-dsc_0071

All Cleaned Up

The Walt Disney Concert Hall, one of Frank Gehry’s architectural wonders and my favorite building in LA, was getting a much needed bath today, just in time for¬†Opera and Concert season openings. I thought I’d document it. ūüôā¬†¬†dishall-web-dsc_7427dishall-web-dsc_7428dishall-web-dsc_7499