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Monday, August 27, 2007

Greetings from L.A.

Greetings from Los Angeles , here are some notes and pix from a few of my photo adventures this month.

Last week I went to the Polaroid Beach House to work on a story about 87 years old Mike Silverman, who likes to crash the parties next door to his own $20 Million dollar beach house located very close to the famous celebrity enclave called the "Malibu Colony". Mike enjoys talking to all the ladies , enjoy some cocktails , and just hang out with all the beautiful people at the invitation only summer party house. The story was written by Mayrav Saar , who also is editor of the blog FishbowlLA , in the NY Times

Two Brothers , Harry and Gary Hindoyan cater all the celebrity murder trial in Los Angeles, and they also are the owners of Pasadena's Burger Continental. They fed the juries and judges in the trial of O.J. Simpson , one juror claims she gained 50 pounds with the help of the Hindoyan's catered lunches. Currently the folks working the murder trial of music producer Phil Spector are enjoying a menu including Chicken kebabs, beef shish kebabs, shrimp brochettes, lamb chops,and signature plates, Chicken Erotica and Seven Veils Chicken.
Other notable cases they have catered include Robert Blake (not guilty of murdering his ex-girlfriend), the Menendez brothers (convicted of murdering their parents in Beverly Hills) and Reginald Denny’s attackers (most found not guilty of attempted murder in the beating of the truck driver during the 1992 L.A. riots). Who's hungry??

I had an easy gig photographing the facade the Cinerama Dome Theatre on Sunset Blvd in Hollywood, it has to be one of the coolest looking theatres in the world.

And the Washington Post sent me out to photograph an bug wrangler/entomologist named Steven Kutcher, the "Bug Man of Hollywood" who has worked as an adviser on many films including Spiderman, Arachnophobia. Kutcher's latest project is creating "Bug Art" , using insects as living, moving paintbrushes to fashion his art . Only in Hollywood!!
Thanks for taking the time to read my blog, enjoy the rest of summer. -JA

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Ist entry

Welcome to my new blog ,
I will be reporting on my various photography related experiences and ideas. Like the photo session with Death Row Records mogul Suge Knight , who I spent a couple hours with just hanging out and talking about normal stuff like sports . We did the shoot by the pool at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. He invited me to go chill with him in Vegas, I'm sure that would be very interesting.

and Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the nonprofit music school for children he founded called the Silverlake Conservatory of Music. Awesome story. Helping out the kids.

And also this less famous, but equally interesting folks like the very cool and original artist Joe Bravo, who creates fabulous art using tortillas, that's right tortillas , as canvas (check his website out : .

Being my first ever "blog post" I apologize in advance if it's boring, hopefully I will have more to write about next time!
That's it for now, enjoy the rest of summer-JA