Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Folks, this is LA. LA, these are my folks.

My parents came to visit me this weekend and we had a stellar time. We were talking yesterday about one of the joys of living in a city like Los Angeles is that it’s not a matter of “what are we gonna do” but “what aren’t we going to do?”

And thankfully the first legit rain since I’ve lived here wrapped up Saturday morning as they hit the ground. Otherwise, god knows what we would have done.

So we took a quick tour of my office and my house and then hit the beach for a bit before heading up to the Getty Museum. Which was great considering I had not been.

Now, the Getty is really unlike any other museum I’ve been to and the reason I say that is this: you’re constantly torn between looking at priceless works of art inside or looking at a frikkin’ amazing view outside. It’s a conundrum to be sure.

But quite possibly the coolest thing was that through the use of louvers in the ceilings of the top floors (where all the paintings are held) you can actually look at paintings in the same light as the artists did: sunlight. Beautiful, golden, southern California sunshine, no less. I’d never thought about it but I suppose most works of art I’ve ever seen has been under electric lighting that obviously didn’t exist when most of the works were painted. It was a revelation of sorts to see what the artist saw.

And of course I took some pictures.

Then Sunday, after a morning spent milling about the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market, we went to the Griffith Park Observatory. Yes, the same one James Dean’s character ends up at during “Rebel without a Cause.” Aside from housing the most viewed telescope in the worrld, that seems to be its main claim to fame. And having just come out of a four-year remodel, it was pretty damn impressive. So I took some more pics. And check out the science buff in this first one, all runnin' and stuff like "I love astronomy!"

And anyone else think this looks nothing like James Dean?


Blogger minus five said...

a. they gouged his eyes out.

b. he has the same nosemaker doctor as michael jackson.

c. that must be where they got the idea for collagen lip injections.

the only thing that really looks like james dean is the hair.

the shots you took were really cool. thanks for posting them

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