Photo LA — Major Inspiration

Anytime you can see this many amazing photographers in one place….do it! It’s too late for Photo LA this year, but mark your calendars for next year. It’s so inspirational. Some trends I noticed — 1) lots of unconventional printing materials – metal, fabric, scraps of wood; 2) several artists displayed encaustic (beeswax) photos – I love this technique and can’t wait to learn it; 3) lots of cool digital collages and multi-media presentations.

My favorite section was the Emerging Focus Competition…

The Hills of Beverly…

Once a year I go to Beverly Hills for my optometrist appointment (shut up — I DO live a glamorous life), and I’m always reminded of how far away I am from Missouri. Last year my appointment was doubly surreal when I ran into Lisa Vanderpump from “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” coming into the office as I was leaving. No RHOBH this year (unless you count walking through Kyle’s store) ($$$), but the town is entertaining enough.

Photo by Stephanie Roberts, http://ObsessiveHobbyist.com

Day of the Dead – more fun in a cemetery than you ever thought possible…

In the shadow of the Hollywood sign, which overlooks from a nearby hilltop, Day of the Dead memorializes and celebrates the dead in one of the most unique settings possible…the Hollywood Forever Cemetery (yes, it’s a real place). A beautiful setting every other day of the year, this cemetery comes alive (pun intended) on Dia de Los Muertos, LA-style.

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