You know, I just can't walk past a mirror without taking a self portrait.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Looking for a Piñata in L.A. ? Try Central and Olympic.

     On the south side of Olympic and west of Central are about 2 blocks worth of party supply stores. Not the usual type that carry ribbons and bows and plastic utensils. Rather these are stores that all specialize in Piñatas and 'Piñata Party' supplies. A colorful array that brightens up a bleak industrial area known as the Produce District. You can buy everything from a tamale cooker, loteria games to dried chilies and Mexican treats. By the way parking is a bargain only $3, where else can you find that in L.A. these days.

You can also find some very colorful brooms, do they make housework less dreary?

Hungry, there is a food truck,

and Taqueria 'La Papa Loca'

As always, all images are copyright Peter Politanoff / RedStarImage. Images cannot be reproduced without expressed permission. You are more than welcome to link to this site however.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Seis de Mayo - the day after Cinco!

     It was pretty much a normal Monday morning on Pier Ave in Hermosa Beach. Banks and stores were opening, food and beer trucks making their deliveries. Most of the the decor and trash from the weekends festivities have already been cleared away. Yesterday was Cinco de Mayo. But what set this Monday apart from the usual was the inordinate number of beach cruisers still chained to the racks.
     Perhaps just as it is not safe to drink and drive, it is also not to safe to over-drink and ride. Perhaps the owners hitched a ride with a friend. Perhaps some took a cab. Some may have even spent a night with a total stranger, waking up wondering how they got were they are. Others may have simply been forgotten ("dang I could have sworn I rode my bike, I don't see it so I guess I'll walk home"). They all gradually disappear from the racks as the hours and days pass. But occasionally there is that one, that sits and sits waiting to be claimed, just rusting away. Looking at these images you wonder, which one might that be.

As always, all images and text are copyright Peter Politanoff, cannot be reproduced without expressed consent. You are certainly welcome to link to this post however.

All images shot with Fuji X-E1 w/ Leica 28mm Elmarit and Leica 90mm Elmarit lenses.