School of Light – Street Photography

SOL-SEP15-1School of Light (SOL)

Yesterday I attended a workshop at the School of Light – Street Photography.  We met at The Reef (LA Mart to some) and the group of 5 attendees, an assistant and the instructor (Andrew) were introduced to each other. Out of the 5 attendees, two were shooting with film and I believe one is attending the Black & White Film Photography class at SOL. The rest of us were shooting with DSLRs.

After a briefing defining Street Photography with a powerpoint for visuals, we headed out to the streets. Hahaha… Parking around the L.A. Public Library, we were separated into two groups and shortly after that released into the wild of downtown to find those elusive photos.

SOL-SEP15-26I went West on 5th to Flower then North on Flower. This lead up to the back of The Broad and the Disney Concert Hall. From there, over to the DWP building and through Grand Park. I took a couple of nice reflection shots in both areas.

South on Grand and zig zagging over to Main, I walked around getting shots where I could. If I were younger and had the time, I wanted to go down Flower. I see some interesting buildings and tagging while I ride the Expo Line.

SOL-SEP15-44We were to meet back up at 6 pm, but around 5 I was walking on empty. Luckily I use to work in the area and headed over to Flower. Ah yes, Public School, “where everybody knows my name…”. Sorry. If you need to know the pun, email me. Hahaha..

Taking in some fluids and a snacky with about a half hour of rest, I headed back to the meeting place.

Back at SOL, we were asked to provide Andrew with what we thought were our 5 best photos. Well, we will see how I did. I am more comfortable taking photos of inanimate objects and people I know. But we will see.


Do not despair though, the School of Light will be having another workshop that I will be in my element. October 17th – Architectural Photography!!!! Yes!!! Stay tune for that post…

Please check out the School of Light and their courses and workshops. Attentive, knowledgeable instructor. Easy to talk to and experienced.

SOL – Street Photography Gallery

LA Design Festival – City Tour – Inglewood

Los Angeles Design Festival – On this beautiful Saturday Michel and I joined the people on the City Tour of Inglewood hosted by Los Angeles Design Festival. Four stops that starting with fer Studio architects, then over to the Schindler House, Onna Ehrlich and Three Weav3rs.

One of the things a like about some businesses in LA, they do not have to reside in the so call 5th avenue address to be successful. fer Studio is in an ally. Not like that, look at the pictures; this is a very nice back street. The street itself provided a sense of creativity. With one of their interior walls being the sliding garage door, it opened to allow the sun and fresh air into their studio. I loved it.

They are also quite involved in a number of projects in and around Los Angeles. There is a model up on the wall of their thoughts of how Inglewood could look. Amazing stuff.

The Schindler House was my kind of place, simple, minimal and airy. One bedroom, a studio blah blah, but of course it is how it is put together and a vinyl collection to die for. Michel says that it is not quite modernism, but it reminded me of the homes in Palm Springs participating in the modernism tour, a lot of white to bring light into the house.

The backyard has converted so that about half is now a drought-sensitive garden, beautifully done.

Onna Ehrlich, what can I say. I realized that I was in trouble as soon as I saw the lady handbags displayed on the wall. This converted warehouse was nicely open and designed to influence creativity while providing an environment to manufacture the handbags in comfort.

Sale, who said sale! There is was previewing my photos on my camera when she came around the corner with a pink handbag on her arm. They got me, lure them in and spring the sale on them. Michel, along with some other very happy ladies, purchased an original bag. Thanks Onna. LOL.

Now here we go, Three Weav3ers. Finally beer and food! This is the place! We got two flights, samples of 5 different kinds of beer (10 total-2 flights)…AND THEY HAD PARTY GAMES!!!! Sorry, Jinga, Uno, and this lovely group let me play, Heads Up. An app where it shows you answer and you have to get the person holding the phone to guess the word/title.

Three Weav3rs - photo by mdorydesigns

photo by mdorydesigns


Then there are the chefs. Outfitting in protective facemasks, torches and goggles. With these square donut-like breads that in some order require using the foam injectors, while the other chef breaks out the torch and cooks the sliced meats and topping of the order. Best presentation ever.


All host were very hospitable and welcoming. If they represent the businesses in Inglewood, this city will be on the move up. With the help of the Metro coming through, we anticipate popular growth for the city of Inglewood.

fer Studio Gallery

Schindler House Gallery

Onna Ehrlich Gallery

Three Weav3rs Gallery*

*taken with smartphone

LA Design Festival – Hollyhock House

Los Angeles Design Festival – Thursday, May 28th we join LADF at the Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House. The occasion was to help celebrate the completion of the renovations of the Hollyhock house. In celebration, there was music, food drinks and a tour of the interior.

Everything was wonderful. I was there with my partners in touring, Michel and Allan. At this celebration, Allan provided the lighting for the Hollyhock House. LA Event Lights has provided lighting for many of the LADF activities this year.

LADF – Hollyhock House Gallery

de Lab – Modernism Walking Tour DTLA

You know people appreciate what you do when they show up on a cool, windy, cloudy and rainy day in Los Angeles to attend a walking tour. Over fifty intrepid design enthusiasts braved the elements for de LaB’s Modernism Walking Tour.

Modernism_Tour_DTLA-5We started at the iconic tiered John Ferraro Building, LADWP. Solar panels over the car ports, shallow water pond around the building and drought sensitive landscaping.

The group crossed the street to the L.A. Music Center and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The iwitness Armenian Genocide exhibit was on display at the Music Center and Grand Hope Park. A stunning exhibit surrounded by Modernism architecture and the Grand Hope Park fountain.

From there we crossed over to the great lawn of the courthouse with City Hall beyond that. GROUP PICTURE!!!


Continuing to the James K. Hahn city hall east, the mall, the Federal Building and to our final destination of the Parker Center.

Modernism_Tour_DTLA-18Special thanks to artist Danny Heller and architect-historian Allan Hess for narrating the tour, great job guys.

Modernism Walking Tour Gallery

Emerson College Tour

Today AWA+D had an tour event at Emerson College on Sunset. As an aspiring interior and architectural photographer, I found myself along with the others enjoying the tour, so many photos opts of the Morphosis-designed Emerson College Los Angeles Center.

To me, it is a mixture of fluid and hard edged shapes and lines. With walls that were solid and angled matched with exterior walls that were open and had angular patterned inserts. The pattern also had a fluid design.

Cameras and phones were busy snapping photos all the time. I myself did not include about 50 photos in the gallery.

Shout out to my peeps, Michel Dory and Allan DallaTorre. Follow them on their twitter and instagram accounts for their perspective of this tour and much more.

Go to AWA+D’s events page for upcoming events. Thanks AWA+D!

Emerson College Gallery

District La Brea Tour

District_LaBrea-20I always enjoy a de LaB hosted tour. Today, the District La Brea project. This development is located on both sides of La Brea between 1st and second streets with two parking structures, one on both ends.

Giving a special shout to Odys + Penelope – Churrasco and Grill and A+R Design – Pop culture home accessories store for providing a personal tour and mini seminar of their gorgeous establishments.


District_LaBrea-3With lovely retro-fitted brick walls, wood-burning stoves, stone-like columns framing the windows and a live olive tree with grow light, Odys + Penelope pulls you in. The wood furnishing and brick walls sets a very comfortable setting for having your meal and just having a good time.

Can’t wait to go there for dinner.

District_LaBrea-37A+R Design was setup perfectly for browsing their items. Bright, high ceilings, merchandise well spaced and with working interaction. This is a store that I could visit frequently just to see what they have because I know there is an item here that I want. Great store, great things.


District La Brea Gallery


Sheats-Goldstein Residence

(Excerpt from the AWA+D events page…)

SGH-27“Join us for a private AWA+D only tour of Lautner’s 1963 masterpiece: the Sheats-Goldstein residence.  Located on the slopes above Beverly Hills, this Angelino gem has been the host of films, celebrity guests and scores of admiring architectural professionals and enthusiasts.  Current occupant James Goldstein purchased the home in 1972 and spent years restoring the home with Lautner himself.  He has been working for over 10 years with Lautner protege, Duncan Nicholson, on an addition that includes a guest house, tennis court, nightclub and terrace.  Staying true to Lautner’s original aesthetic, all components of the addition make use of poured-in-place concrete, angular corners and stunning views of Los Angeles.   If you’ve never been, this is a MUST SEE LA architectural landmark; and if you have been before, undoubtedly you will leap at the chance to experience the enchantment for a second time.”

SGH-8This was a great tour. Great house. Great views. Thank you to the folks at AWA+D.

Sheats-Goldstein Gallery

Modernism Week 2015

On Saturday, February 14th, yes Valentine’s Day, I accompanied designers Michel Dory and Allan DallaTorre of Hinge Decor on an excursion to Palm Springs for Modernism Week!


We met at the Palm Springs Animal Shelter to register and start the Meiselman Home Tour 2015 benefitting the Palm Springs Animal Shelter. The shelter was in a beautiful location. The animal residents had a view that people would pay a lot of money to have.


MW2015-30Meiselman houses feature large walls of glass that overlook the pool and the beautiful mountain backdrops in Palm Springs. Most Meiselman homes also included central heating and air conditioning, a new concept at the time they were built in 1959, which allowed residents year round enjoyment of their Palm Springs vacation homes. Source: MidCentury Palm Springs

We got started a little late but we were able to see most of the houses on the 10-house tour and as a bonus we got to checkout an open house across the street from one of the homes. DesertFIAT was one of the tour sponsors. So each house featured a Fiat parked in front or in the garage.

MWED2015-14Then there was this party; let me tell you. It was special. The Egg & Dart house was a wonderful experience. At the party there were two outside bars, fire pit, music and shirtless Chippendale-like waiters carrying the snacks.

House 1 GalleryHouse 2 GalleryHouse 3 Gallery

House 4 GalleryHouse 5 GalleryHouse 7 Gallery

Open House GalleryAnimal Shelter Gallery


Marina Del Rey

Marina Del Rey Boats


We planned a sunset excursion to Marina Del Rey to see what kind of photos we could get. Here are some of them. Since I am still learning, I will have to come back before noon. That should give me better light. Trial and error.

The big plus to just going out and walking around, we found the Marina Del Rey Hotel. Nested in between two waterways at the end was this beautiful hotel with wonderful views from all sides. They are about 2 months from the completion of their renovations.

Marina Del Rey Hotel Sign
We went inside and the lobby was very nice with a blue sea and sandy beach design. The walls have a beach design that was vertical and seagulls flying into the lobby through the front door. Michel spoke to one of the designer, hopefully they will consent to a design tour.

Unfortunately the bar and restaurant was not open at the time, sounds to me that another visit is in order.

Marina Del Rey Gallery