Let’s talk about life.. and that Drake wall in LA

Hello, everyone! Jaja here, your resident #theforevertourist. I apologize profusely for not being active on the blog as much as I should have. Life happened, and uh, yeah. I’m just so happy that I have my fellow bloggers keeping everything active here. Thanks so much, ladies!

Let’s talk about what I’ve been up to lately.

I started a new job just a couple of months after starting this blog, and that new job basically took over my life! It was a different “career path”, something I never expected to be in, so I wanted to focus my energy into learning more about that. Aside for my new job (that I love so much), I have started a couple of projects here and there as well. Mainly, a vlogging channel on YouTube. As soon as everything’s more streamlined, I’d be more than proud to share that with everyone. Also, when the year 2017 came to be, I only had one resolution, to improve my skills as a photographer. So that’s another thing that took up a lot of my time: going on adventures, taking photos, scheduling portrait sessions, going on photo walks, editing, editing, and EDITING. I was editing photos up the wazoo, y’all.

Anyway, I feel like I’m kind of caught up with most of my projects, so I decided to jump back in the blog. Like I said, I appreciate Maeven and Justine for keeping things running.

So, let’s go back to “touristing” yeah?

When I got my new job, I found myself a photography buddy. You’ll see him occasionally on my photos, coz I make him pose for me too when I shoot random portraits. Since then, we’ve been going on tons of photo walks, mainly exploring Los Angeles. Now I know I consider myself a Chicago gal (not a fan of the absurd summer temperatures here), but walking up and down the streets of Los Angeles gave me a new sense of adoration for the city. Just like that, I started falling in love with the City of Angels. There’s just so many things to do here, and hey, places to eat as well. The best way to see the city is to walk of course.

When my friend GN asked if I wanted to check out “the Drake wall” I gave him a weird look. I have not heard of such a spot downtown.

And then he showed me some photos.

Basically, it’s the Weller Court hallway in Little Tokyo in DTLA. It’s obviously much cooler to see it at night. The hallway is lighted up in neon pink/white/purple. Oh and the lights move too. Of course, I found the place very interesting. It’s literally just a hallway. It takes you from the street to the inside of the court. But of course everybody can see the resemblance of the background from Drake’s Hotline Bling video, which begs the question “How many people actually tried to recreate the video after seeing this hallway?”

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Of course, we didn’t just drive through all that LA rush hour traffic just to take photos of this hallway. We walked a couple blocks down to where the food is! Well actually, we just stopped by Mikawaya, a dessert place in Little Tokyo that carries tons of mochi ice cream flavors. HEAVEN!!

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It was getting late so we headed back to the car. But not before trying some night photography on the street as well. We practiced with moving lights by taking photos of the cars speeding past and by writing using a pen light. I thought it was a fail on my part. I should already know how to do this. But NOPE. I mean, we tried. I felt like my photography skills regressed that night. Hence, the practice and practice and practice.

Well, that’s it for now. I have a few more photo walks to upload and talk about, and I can’t wait to share it with everybody. If you’ve been to any of the places I’ve visited, or you’re planning to go, let me know what you guys think! Have a nice rest of the week everyone!

xo,
Jaja, the forever tourist

Arts and Entertainment Tuesday: LACMA’s Urban Light

Check out the beautiful glow these vintage lights give off along the street of downtown Los Angeles.

 

First off, I wasn’t sure whether to put this post in our Arts and Entertainment Tuesday or in our Wanderlust Wednesday section. But seeing as the Urban Light is an iconic LA landmark, I figured that it would be better off in our Arts section.

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Chris Burden is the artist behind Urban Light, an art installation that is composed of 202 restored vintage street lamps from the 1920s and 1930s. Housed just outside the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the installation has become a staple destination for locals when it comes to photo shoots, music videos, and the like. Visitors from around the country has also made a stop to check out the bright lights that this art work provides along the street of Wilshire Blvd.

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Burden started his collection of street lamps in 2000. He bought his first two lamps at a flea market for the price of $800 each. At first he had no direction as to how he was going to turn this collection into an artwork. He found a contractor and fellow collector to help him acquire more lamps, repainting them, rewiring, etc., basically bringing the lamps back to life.

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The lamps are solar-powered and are turned on at dusk. Most of his lamp collection came from Southern California, some from Portland, OR. There are 17 distinct designs, or looks, and they all depend on which area they came from. Outside the museum, these gorgeous street lamps are arranged in a beautiful pattern on a grid, with the shorter ones on the outside, and towering lights in the middle.

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Burden talked to several possible locations for the lamps to be housed, sometimes even sending a small set to different locations, but he much preferred to keep his collection together. Eventually, LACMA’s director that time, Michael Govan, saw the lights in Burden’s studio and thought that the collection would be a perfect fit at the entrance of the museum.

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Since it’s installation in 2008, Urban Light’s popularity has soared, and  rapidly became a much photographed location, making it one of many iconic Los Angeles views.

So the next time you guys ever find yourself in downtown Los Angeles, make sure to stop by and pose in front of this beautiful installation of the late Chris Burden in front of LACMA.

-Jaja (@theforevertourist)