After a couple hour's drive away from the dense network of highways circling Los Angeles you can find yourself surrounded by rolling hills and stacks of wind turbines, wondering if you're in another world as the scene changes slowly from city to sand. Joshua Tree is a national parkland preserving ancient, monumental rock formations alongside humble, persistent vegetation finding a way to thrive in the deep valley desert. Everything here inspires a humbling grandeur, with n occasional oasis of towering trees clustered between seemingly endless rows of the tall, cactus-like tree that lends the park its name. 🔮🙏
A morning in Venice is one part kaleidoscopic geometry and one part oceanside mist. There are new kinds of calm that come with discovering a canalside walk where rowers glide by. And there's a "May Grey" that covers westside LA days in a thin layer of sun-dusted clouds crossing the sea each year, painting each scene in a ghostly warm-blue glow. 🔮🙏
Culver City is the result of blending a history steeped in the film industry's first early boom with the youthful vibrance of neighboring Venice & Santa Monica. Here you'll find both the simple peace of slow solitary brass and bright summer produce; modern geometries and rainbow-soaked walls. Just past the historic architecture of City Hall, pockets of light shine through draping ivy on The Platform—LA's newest collection of creative independent shops, where one can leave satisfyingly full on tacos and ice cream crafted in novel culinary combinations.
You can live in New York for years and not spend enough time in all it's storied corners. The actor Charlie Solis and I spent a morning in Brooklyn Heights, a place I hadn't yet explored as much as I should have. Flanked by the East River and running against the Brooklyn Bridge, it's a neighborhood that overlooks some of the most beautiful parts of the city. For Charlie it was a first home in New York, full of memories collected as he was studying film. He tells me about the reconstructed Hotel St George, once a see-and-be-seen lounge for early 20th century celebs, still a centerpiece of the neighborhood. And the Clark Street subway, dug so deep that it's accessible only by elevator. We walk along the elevated promenade overlooking the river, the Manhattan skyline in full view. In a map drawn from memory, Charlie captures Brooklyn Heights's charmed landmarks, surrounded by streets named Pinapple, Orange, and Love Lane.
(Here I asked Charlie to draw me a map of Brooklyn Heights as he remembered it)
Scenes from Bryant Park, NYC, 2016 🔮🙏