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I shot The Cinefamily, co-founder Hadrian Belove, and some of the theater’s employees for Monocle Issue 75 (July/August), out now!

One of the best spots in Los Angeles.

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Los Angeles | Source

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The visual impression of this capital of the Pacific Southwest can be summed up in three words: whiteness, flatness, and spread.

Bathed in relentless sunshine most of the year, Our Lady the Queen of the Angels is one of the “whitest” cities in the United States. Its newer office buildings gleam with concrete. Its miles of homes are bright with stucco. Glaring viaducts over the stony bed of the Los Angeles River and a maze of unshaded concrete roads add their shining whiteness to a sun-bleached setting that culminates in the tower of the City Hall, a long, tapering, chalk-like finger dominating the cubistic plain.

The flatness of the city is emphasized by its mighty backdrop of mountains. Along its northern and western edges, Los Angeles ap- proaches these barrier ranges, breaking like a surf over the foothills and dashing up against the base of fire-scarred hills. Up gullies and draws and dry gulches it creeps and swirls in a tide of plaster and of palms. Yet for the most part the city stretches spaciously over a wide plain descending gently from the peaks to the Pacific. In many places, particularly in the level coastal areas, it is sometimes difficult to discern the dark-blue or snow-covered crests of the distant, semi-circling mountains.

The spread of Los Angeles arises from the fact that it is a vast agglomerate of suburbs, loosely strung together. In area it is the largest single municipality in the world, with 451 square miles of territory between the mountains and the Pacific. Curiously enough, when the pueblo was named, the Spanish founders seemed to have had a premonition of its ultimate expanse, for its full Spanish title is perhaps the most prodigious place name in American geography: El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles de Porciuncula (The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels of Porciuncula). Properly pronounced, “Loce Ahng-hay-lace,” the abbreviated name is variously mispronounced, “Lawss Angless,” “Lawss Anjeless,” and even further abbreviated to “Los” or “L.A.”

—Los Angeles: A Guide to the City and its Environs (WPA, 1941) 

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Guide to New England and CaliforniaELICIA EPSTEIN is biking around the United States this summer, continuing to explore and photograph people’s spiritual relationship with the land.

Follow her project on Tumblr at lilisara.tumblr.com. Find her website at eliciaepstein.com. Email her with an idea, a place to stay or just say hi at elicia.epstein@gmail.com.


The Mural Mile (aka The Drive-By Gallery) of Van Nuys Blvd in Pacoima, Los Angeles CA.


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Forever my home, my heart.

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Wildflowering L.A. is a native wildflower seed sowing initiative throughout Los Angeles County by artist Fritz Haeg.

Fifty highly visible sites are sown in fall 2013 to bloom in spring 2014, culminating in a public exhibition and event in early summer. The project is presented by LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division) in partnership with the Theodore Payne Foundation.

Read more: http://wildflowering.org/

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