We’re in Los Angeles with Carly and Sean. Jerry and I were on our own the first two days. We went out to lunch with Sean in Santa Monica on the first day and with Carly on the second, Slowly, we’re crossing off all the basic tourist attractions on our list. This time, we headed over to the Annenberg Space for Photography. I had no idea what kind of exhibit would be there. I just knew I loved photography and it wasn’t too far from the apartment.
The exhibit was titled REFUGEE and it blew me away. It featured different photo journalists’ works from all over the world…Mexico, Myanmar, Syria, Europe, Nigeria, Central African Republic,
Columbia, New York City, Toronto…I recognized one photographer…Lindsey Addario. I read her book, It’s What I Do, several months ago. She’s spent a lot of time in war zones and her book gives you a clear picture what it might be like to get honest pictures of what’s going on far away from us. Ever since I read it, I’ve looked at photos in the news differently. I get an email once a week from The Week called “This Week’s Best Photojournalism” and now I take my time a take a good look and think about what the photographer had to do to get the shot. I just read that Lindsey’s book is being made into a movie and Jennifer Lawrence is going to play her. I imagine it will be good.
Anyway, the short little blurbs and beautiful pictures broke my heart. One after another after another…old people, young people, children,babies, moms and dads…all escaping some kind of hell and trying to piece together a life some place else but probably in a different kind of hell at the moment. There was terrific video on the photographers..on how they did their work and how they felt about it. Fabulous place to visit. We’ll go back.
And we went to the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown LA. They give tours of the building (which is spectacular) Loved it. Headed to the MOCA after lunch. It had some interesting pieces, I still find modern art hard to love but there was a Jackson Pollack (the Brits call him “Jack the Dripper) I really liked and Rothko is growing on me. I’m still basically an Impressionist fan, though. But I’m trying to branch out!
We went to Santa Barbara yesterday. The ride along the Pacific Coast is breathtaking. We had breakfast in Montecito (where some people sighted Orlando Bloom..not me because A. I had my back to him and B. I wouldn’t have recognized him anyway. But I could hear every word from his table and for any Orlando Bloom fans out there, let me tell you he seemed like a great guy. He was so good with his little boy and with his dad and so courteous to the wait staff.) We wandered around downtown Santa Barbara and climbed the tower at the courthouse for a great view of the city (The climb nearly killed me. I’m SO out of shape. We just don’t see much of stairs in Florida) We walked down on the pier and went to a chalk festival at the Mission and out to dinner…trout almandine, delicious.
Sean and Carly both have work to do today and I’m loving being lazy. I read, I write, I relax. Life is good.