Analog Photography: Los Angeles, California — Part 1

Analog Photography: Los Angeles, California — Part 1

Enjoy some black and white 35mm shots I took in LA.


I shot a lot of film frames while I was out in LA this last time, and I've decided to split the posts up into two parts - this is the first featuring black and white film, and later I will make a post featuring the color shots. LA is always a blast, and there's so much subject matter to shoot, that I try to bring two cameras every time I go out there.

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Of course, I wanted to shoot a lot of strong BW architectural work, and anyone who keeps up with these articles knows that I love architectural work on black and white film.

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Again, we have a solid shot with interesting framing. I liked the lights offset against the space between the wires up top.

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I love this shot because it was very hard to shoot, and turned out really interesting. I crouched way down to shoot almost straight up at a building. In the next shot, you can notice the palm tree reflected in the window. This shot is so smooth, it almost looks 3D rendered.

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Woohoo, a selfie. I liked the framing around my reflection in the mirror here near Rodeo Drive.

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These next two shots are some candids that I shot as we walked around the beach and the pier.

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Michael Neal

I'll end this article with a nice palm tree shot. I liked the light spill coming from the bottom right of the frame, and I liked how emphasized the palm trees are based on this perspective. Color images coming soon!

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To The Girl Who Hasn't Been Herself Lately

Your spark return, and you will shine like you were meant to.

Life gets tough. Life gets too much to handle sometimes, and those times make you stronger. However, right now, it seems like you have lost yourself.

It’s difficult when you catch yourself not being you. When you do something or act a certain way and just wonder, “what did I do to deserve this? Why is this happening? When will it get better?” The way you’re feeling is not so much that you’re unhappy, you just feel weird.

Your day will come. I promise you. This is just a phase.

The day you realize how much you have grown from this point in time will be your reward. It is so hard to see now, and I feel your pain.

Your light will return to you. Your pure bliss moments, they are seeking you. Your laughter where your tummy aches is in your reach.

Our moods change far too often for us as humans to understand why, but the encounters you make every day have this effect on us.

You must remember the pure happiness you experienced before your first heartbreak, before the first friend became someone you thought they weren’t, before you lost your innocence. That was a time of true joy as you had not a care in the world for the things that would harm you. Better yet, you didn’t have the option to experience them because you were just a child.

The world can be an ugly place, and your attitude towards life can change every day. One thing is for certain: you did not lose who you are internally. We all put on a face for the world. For the people who we try to impress. For the life we want to live. For the things we want to achieve.

Your definitive personality is still in the works. Believe it or not, it always will be. Times like this change us for the better even though we can’t see it.

Your happiness will return. You will be a better, stronger version of you. In fact, you will be the best version of you yet.

Once this phase is over, you will be okay. This I promise you.

Cover Image Credit: Megan Sutton

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