Close to Home

Early 2020. Coronavirus lockdown demands that people stay at home. I am working from my tiny apartment but take daily walks for exercise and to keep my sanity. I decided to make a photo series during my outings. I self-imposed a few rules: only subjects that are within a mile from my house and I can only photograph a subject if I have walked to it (no cars).

If I ever go looking for my heart's desire again, I won't look any further than my own back yard...

Dorothy Gale, The Wizard of Oz

Luckily for me, that one mile radius includes Bette Davis Park, The LA Equestrian Center and parts of the LA River, Griffith Park and Forest Lawn Cemetary. I tried to capture the places I see everyday in a fresh way or at least capture them in the best possible conditions.

All of these images were shot on Kodak ColorPlus 200 35mm film (because I had it) with my Blackbird Fly camera. They were developed and scanned by PhotoShack in Las Vegas, Nevada, and color graded by me using Adobe Photoshop.

Close to Home No. 1

Riverside Dr. crosses the LA River into Griffith Park

(Blackbird Fly, Kodak ColorPlus 35mm)

Close to Home No. 2

Bougainvillea in late afternoon light.

(Blackbird Fly, Kodak ColorPlus 35mm)

Close to Home No. 3

A walking path along a tree lined berm.

(Blackbird Fly, Kodak ColorPlus 35mm)

Close to Home No. 4

The LA River

(Blackbird Fly, Kodak ColorPlus 35mm)

Close to Home No. 5

A wet stop sign on a rainy day.

(Blackbird Fly, Kodak ColorPlus 35mm)

Close to Home No. 6

Suspiciously large drainage tunnels to the river. Double exposure.

(Blackbird Fly, Kodak ColorPlus 35mm)

Close to Home No. 7

An address marker for one of the Rancho estates in my neighborhood.

(Blackbird Fly, Kodak ColorPlus 35mm)

Close to Home No. 8

A cottonwood(?) tree on a little island in the LA River.

(Blackbird Fly, Kodak ColorPlus 35mm)

Close to Home No. 9

Sunset light and a gap in the fence in Bette Davis Park

(Blackbird Fly, Kodak ColorPlus 35mm)