Vintage Cars, Palms & Backyard Pools in Californian Inspired Paintings by Danny Heller

Danny Heller is a Californian native artist, inspired by older things like homes, publics buildings, furnitures or cars that tend to have a story.

“I specifically focus on the period of 1950s and 1960s American because it’s what I’m familiar with. I grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles where there was a big development boom after World War II. This led to a lot of midcentury relics throughout where I lived, even though I didn’t actually grew up in the 50s and 60s. These places and thing are so dynamic ! The cars with bold colors and space-age styling, the houses with dramatic angles and large expanses of windows and the furniture with graceful curves. These things all had an impact on me and in my work,” he says.

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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/09/vintage-cars-palms-backyard-pools-in-californian-inspired-paintings-by-danny-heller/

Portraits of Couples, Gangs, Children, Friends, and Carnival People at California County Fairs in the Late 1970s

Back in the 1970s, a young man went to work for a carnival concessionaire who, each summer, took a portable photo studio on the road to county fairs across California and the west. For a few dollars, you could have a portrait-sized or larger photo of you and your loved-one to frame and put up on the wall, in only 15 minutes. Pre-digital, it was a good deal.

More: Mikkel Aaland h/t: vintag.es

But what kind of people had their portraits taken at county fairs? People without a lot of money. People who lived on the fringes. People whose life stories were written on their faces. But they wanted a record of who they were, that they could specify and dictate themselves, and they got that at the county fair.

These portraits were made by the young man named Mikkel Aaland in a portable studio that was hauled from fair to fair between 1976 and 1980. The studio was complete with darkroom and a shooting stage and it took a crew of three to run it: a shooter, a front person to handle customers and a darkroom person to develop and print the 4×5 inch negative.

“Because our prices were so reasonable, we often had lines of customers that lasted from ten in the morning to midnight,” Aaland said. “To give you an idea of our volume: on a busy day in Pleasanton, I shot over 450 portraits, averaging three people per print, meaning 1,350 mostly smiling faces.”
























SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/08/portraits-of-couples-gangs-children-friends-and-carnival-people-at-california-county-fairs-in-the-late-1970s/

Once Upon A Time, You Could Ride a Train Right Through the Orange Groves in Southern California

“These cards seems to be part of an advertising campaign by the Southern California Tourist Agency. It probably isn’t, but it certainly highlights the attitude that people had about Southern California. Imagine, Easterners coming to Southern California for the first time and, as the train passes through the orange groves to get to Los Angeles, crowding the back platform of the last car to get a better look at the trees laden with fruit!

The post cards were published by the Western Publishing & Novelty Co. Los Angeles, Cal. The company existed in Southern California from 1932 until the 1970s. They were a publisher and distributer of California related tourist materials and postcards.”

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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/08/once-upon-a-time-you-could-ride-a-train-right-through-the-orange-groves-in-southern-california/

The Last Days on Californian Beaches Before Covid-19 in Melancholic Photographs by Marina Weishaupt

In early 2020, a few days before the first lockdowns in European states, which were quickly followed by many other countries around the globe, Marina Weishaupt enjoyed the last days of freedom on Californian beaches. The German photographer, passionate about nature and travel, immortalized the last moments of the world before Covid-19, when barrier gestures, lockdowns and curfews were not yet part...

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Beautiful Intimate Portrait Photos Of Young People Of San Diego In The Early 1970s

These intimate color photos were taken by American photographer Harold Gee that show portraits of his young friends in San Diego from 1971 to 1975. More: Flickr h/t: vintag.es “Late Sixties, and I was timid about carrying a camera because there were a lot of folks that were suspicious of anyone carrying a camera…probably with good reason. It was a period of social upheaval, drugs that were fun but...

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Photographer Franck Bohbot Captured Vintage Tennis Court In California

Pastel colors, meticulous compositions and images that could come straight out of a movie… you guessed it, Franck Bohbot has released a new photo series. More: Franck Bohbot, Instagram h/t: fubiz Captured in Beverly Hills, California, the artist presents a series of geometric shapes while playing with the lines of the tennis court in Roxbury Park, a public park with several sports fields.

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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2020/04/photographer-franck-bohbot-captured-vintage-tennis-court-in-california/

Candid Photographs Capture Street Styles Of San Francisco Girls In The Early 1970s

The 1970s are one of the most revisited decades when it comes to fashion, and they continue to influence modern style. From flares to bell sleeves, shearling coats, and mini skirts, the ’70s birthed an eclectic mix of style influences that evolved quickly in a 10-year span. Skirts got shorter, boots got taller, and a range of style icons like Jane Birkin and Jean Shrimpton helped spearhead some of...

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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2020/01/candid-photographs-capture-street-styles-of-san-francisco-girls-in-the-early-1970s/

The Original Hells Angels: Amazing Photographs Capture Daily Life Of A Notorious Biker Gang In California In The 1960s

Hells Angels, California, 1965. America loves its outlaws, but few of us actually dare to live the lifestyle. In 1965, the Hells Angels were little known outside the American West. LIFE photographer Bill Ray spent several weeks in Southern California, photographing and traveling with the San Bernardino chapter of a gang that would soon become notorious for its hedonistic, lawless swagger.

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A Day At Mission Beach, California, August 1970

Mission Beach (the beach) is a long wide sandy beach in the Mission Beach area of San Diego. It is a laid-back neighborhood whose namesake sands attract surfers, sunbathers and volleyball players. A paved path curls around Mission Bay, a popular spot for water sports. “I went down and spent a week with my cousin living in the Mission Bay beach community. After surfing with my beach air mat for a...

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Amazing Black And White Photos Capture SoCal’s Skate, Beach & Punk Scenes From Between The Late 1960s And Early 1980s

Spot is a man of many talents. Besides serving as the album producer and sound engineer for punk bands like the Misfits and Black Flag, the photographer, who goes only by Spot, also snapped a treasure trove of photos that perfectly captured SoCal beach and punk rock life during the late 1960s to the early 1980s. He started taking photography seriously in 1969. Spot grew up with magazines like LIFE...

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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2019/02/amazing-black-and-white-photos-capture-socals-skate-beach-punk-scenes-from-between-the-late-1960s-and-early-1980s/