La-La Land: The Playful Side of Los Angeles in The 1970s and ’80s

Parade staging area, Los Angeles, 1980

American photographer Gary Krueger believes he lived through a ‘golden age’ in 1970s and 80s Los Angeles. A new exhibition pulls together his playful street photography.

Krueger’s curiosity and instincts helped to create a remarkable body of street photography that he describes as ‘split-second juxtapositions in life.’

After graduating high school in 1963, Krueger drove out west to study graphic design and photography at LA’s Chouinard Art Institute from 1964 to 1967. On graduation from Chouinard, Krueger was hired by Walt Disney as a graphic designer. While continuing his association with the Disney Corporation, he pursued photography full-time and had a successful commercial and editorial career as a freelance photographer for the company.

“I shoot only in a horizontal format with a 35mm lens – much like the way we see things in real life. Everything is shot at eye level and they’re all horizontal. I just said to myself, that’s what I’m going to do. None of the photos have been cropped, manipulated, composited or altered. The people pictured in the photos were not contrived, posed or directed.”

h/t: guardian

Rose Parade, Waverly Drive, 1980

Park in Los Angeles, 1975

Air show, 1978

Flying majorette, 1977

Shopping centre, 1978

Los Angeles Zoo, 1972

Cheerleader competition, 1980

Shopping centre, 1980

Woman behind pole, 1979

Mannequin in car, 1975

Swap meet (flea market), 1972

Easter parade, 1977

Girl at a dog show, 1979

Dream girl at a parade staging area, 1978

LA Christmas parade, 1976

Halloween party, 1980

Halloween party, 1977

Hollywood Christmas parade staging area, 1976

Graumann’s Chinese theatre, 1978

Somewhere in LA, 1974

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/02/la-la-land-the-playful-side-of-los-angeles-in-the-1970s-and-80s/

Elephant Hotel: The Prime Example of Novelty Architecture in 1880s

Novelty architecture, also called programmatic or mimetic architecture, is a type of architecture in which buildings and other structures are given unusual shapes for purposes such as advertising or to copy other famous buildings without any intention of being authentic.

h/t: vintag.es

Their size and novelty means that they often serve as landmarks. They are distinct from architectural follies, in that novelty architecture is essentially usable buildings in eccentric form whereas follies are non-usable, ornamental buildings often in eccentric form.

Utility buildings and “novelty structures” are the red headed step-children of architecture – Like the Elephant Hotel, a 10 room hotel built in 1885. Intended to be one of a menagerie of buildings in the Margate City project in Atlantic City, New Jersey.




SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/01/elephant-hotel-the-prime-example-of-novelty-architecture-in-1880s/

Grizzly Bears Among Stunning Finalists of National Parks Photo Contest

Two grizzly bears fighting, a group of bison plowing through a field of snow and the stars lighting a hiking trail are among the pictures selected as the 20 finalists in a photography competition showcasing images from US national parks. All 20 images were the winners of the first ever annual Nature’s best Photography National Parks Photo competition and were the top 20 placed images chosen from more than 3,000 entries.


‘Grizzly Bears’: This stunning photo by Thomas Vijayan shows the brutality of nature as two grizzly bears duel in Katmai National Park, Alaska.

More: Nature’s Best Photography, Facebook


‘Bison in Hayden Valley’: A group of determined bison slowly make their way through a field of snow in this striking competition entry from Cindy Goeddel. She took the picture in Yellowstone National park, Wyoming.


‘Star Trails Over Chester Park Hiking Trail’: Brian Wright managed to capture this incredible image in Canyonlands National Park, Utah, and his photo was selected as a finalist in the competition.


‘Snake River Overlook’: Kristin Lindsey was selected as a finalist in the photography competition for this incredible landscape shot of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. ‘A four-thirty early morning wakeup call was entirely worth it to capture this sunrise as it unfolded,’ she said.


‘Yosemite Falls’: Elliot McGucken, who captured this picture of a waterfall in Yosemite National Park, was selected as one of the finalists.


‘Second Beach’: Harry Lichtman’s photograph of a beach reflected in some water on Olympic National Park, Washington, is another of the 20 finalists.


‘Redwood National Park’: A hiker wanders through Redwood National Park, California, in Julia Rao’s entry into the competition.


‘Cadillac Mountain Summit’: Harry Lichtman took this stunning landscape picture in Acadia National Park and his photograph has been selected as one of the competition finalists.


‘Great Horned Owl’: Three owls sit perched inside of a tree in this picture captured by Irene F Greenberg in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.


‘Double Arch’: Kevin Kobinsky’s photograph taken in Arches National Park, Utah, is one of the 20 images selected as a finalist in the Nature’s best Photography National Parks Photo competition.


‘Little River’: Kristin Lindsey’s photo, which was taken in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee, is another of the 20 competition finalists.


‘Osprey’: Carlos A Carreno managed to take a snap of this family of birds in their nest at Everglades National Park in Florida. His image has been selected as one of the competition finalists.


‘Potomac River’: One of the finalist images selected in the Nature’s best Photography National Parks Photo competition is this shot by Steve Alterman in Great Falls Park, Virginia.


‘Stockdolager Rapid’: Kerrick James managed to capture this action shot while sat on a raft in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.


‘Red Fox’: A red fox’s attention has been peaked by something as it stares down off of a rock in Melody Lytle’s finalist photograph, taken in lake Clark National Park, Alaska.


‘Desert Bighorn Sheep’: These sheep stand precariously on the side of a cliff in this finalist entry from Garret Suhrie. He took the picture in Zion national Park, Utah.


‘Elk With Calf’: Susan Propper’s competition entry captures the beauty of an elk interacting with its calf in Rocky Mountain National Park.


‘Mesa Arch Sunrise’: Yimei Sun took this photograph in Canyonlands National Park and it has been selected as one of the finalists in this year’s Nature’s best Photography National Parks Photo competition.


‘Horsetail Falls’: This valley in Yosemite National Park, California, was snapped by Kevin Shi and picked as a finalist in the photography competition. Kevin, of San Diego, California, said: ‘The ‘Firefall’ is one of Yosemite’s most well-known, amazing spectacles. Once each year in early February, the setting sun hits Horsetail Falls and illuminates the upper waterfall. Hundreds of photographers and tourists gather along the Merced River to witness this phenomenon.’


‘Pronghorn’: Genevieve Farrell Rudock took this portrait-esque photo of a pronghorn in Wind Cave National park, South Dakota and it has been chosen as one of the finalists in this year’s Nature’s best Photography National Parks Photo competition.

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/01/grizzly-bears-among-stunning-finalists-of-national-parks-photo-contest/

See the Winners in Picture Wild Montana 2020 Photo Contest

First Place: “Quiet Contemplation at Holland Lake” by Kevin League of Helena

The Montana Wilderness Association has announced the winners of the 12th annual Picture Wild Montana Photo Contest. The theme of this year’s contest was “The Joy of the Wild.”

More: Montana Wilderness Association h/t: kyssfm

Second Place: “Winter Play Under Lolo Pass” by Seth Orme of Missoula

The association encouraged participants to submit photos highlighting the connection Montanans feel to our public lands, waters, and wildlife while also showcasing the joy of exploring Montana’s wilderness areas, state parks, national forests, wilderness study areas, and other public lands. It sounds like that gave participants plenty of room to work with.

Third Place: “Tight Lines Under Dawn Mist Falls” by Bryan Dufresne of Hamilton

Since the contest began in 2009, thousands of amateur and professional photographers from across the state have participated in the Picture Wild Montana Photo Contest. This year, more than 160 photographers submitted 600 photos in total.

Honorable Mention: “Small Elk Herd Framed by Snowy Trees” by Carol Fowler of Seeley Lake

Prizes for this year’s first-place winner and runner-up include gear from Montana-based sponsors Mystery Ranch and Obōz Footwear. The third-place winner will receive swag from the Montana Wilderness Association, including apparel, a “Keep It Wild” water bottle, stickers, and more.

Honorable Mention: “Enjoying the Fall on Blodgett Canyon Trail” by Betsy Rogan of Stevensville

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/01/see-the-winners-in-picture-wild-montana-2020-photo-contest/

The America We Lost: Fascinating Found Photos Show How Life of the U.S Looked Like in the 1960s

Florida gulf, 1962

The 1960s were a decade of revolution and change in politics, music and society around the world. It started in the United States and the United Kingdom, and spread to continental Europe and other parts of the globe.

More: Flickr h/t: vintag.es

Chula Vista gift shop, Branson, Missouri, 1962

The 1960s were an era of protest. In the civil rights movement blacks and whites protested against the unfair treatment of races. Towards the end of the decade more and more Americans protested against the war in Vietnam. Many people in the United States thought that Americans had no reason to fight in war that was so far away from home.

House and car, DeLand, Florida, 1962

Female activists demanded more rights for women, whose role in society began to change. The birth control pill and other contraceptives were introduced, making it possible for women to plan their careers and have babies when they wanted them.

Loc-Wood boat dock, Bagnell Dam, Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri, 1962

After World War II people all over the world started working hard and respecting the values they were brought up with. Especially in Europe, it was an era of recovery and rebuilding. In the 1960s many young people started doubting such values. They protested against society and everything that was mainstream. They had hair long and wore unusual and strange clothes.

These fascinating photos were found by Dean Avants that shows how life of the United States looked like in the 1960s.

Times Square, NYC, 1963

Boy with “JUST MARRIED” car, Virginia, 1964

Two girls hurrying to a 1957 Ford Fairline convertible, 1964

Two ladies outside a camping trailer, circa 1964

42nd street, NYC, 1966

Chicago skyline from Civic Center, Illinois, 1966

Demonstration in Greenwich Village, NYC, 1966

Dinosaur Land, Vernal, Utah, 1966

Dodge City, Kansas, 1966

Entrance to America the Beautiful in Circarama, Disneyland, 1966

Greenwich Village, NYC, 1966

Johnson Wax Headquarters, Racine, Wisconsin, 1966

Lady reading pamphlet on street, Boston, Massachusetts, 1966

Laurent House, Illinois, 1966

Radio City Music Hall, NYC, 1966

Reno, Nevada, 1966

Reno, Nevada, 1966

Students on field trip, somewhere in Oklahoma, 1966

Times Square, NYC, 1966

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1966

“It’s a Small World” ride, Disneyland, 1967

Girls on the beach, California, 1967

Tombstone, Arizona, 1967

White Sands, New Mexico, 1967

1968 Ford Mustang in driveway at NW 47th and Villa, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 1968

Cycle race, Daytona Speedway, Florida, 1968

Girl at Alabaster Caverns, Oklahoma, 1968

Golf game in the mountains, 1968

Small group of friends at Alabaster Caverns, Oklahoma, 1968

Photo shoot, Maryland, 1969

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/01/the-america-we-lost-fascinating-found-photos-show-how-life-of-the-u-s-looked-like-in-the-1960s/

This Family Has Been Creating Beautiful Ice Trees Every Christmas, for Over 60 Years

Every year since 1961, the Veal family has been celebrating Christmas by creating their now-traditional giant ice tree on their property in Indianapolis, Indiana. It has become known as the Veal Ice Tree and is considered a seasonal tourist attraction. More: Instagram, Facebook h/t: odditycentral If you’ve had enough of traditional Christmas trees and you’re looking for something more original...

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Vintage Photographs of the Skiway Sky Bus Lift Used on Mt. Hood, Oregon From the 1950s

Using a modified city bus, a twin-engine design powered the wheels to turn cables in a pulley system that moved the tram back and forth above the slope. h/t: vintag.es Recreation in the Mt. Hood National Forest increased after the end of World War II. Skiing was a popular wintertime activity and Dr. J. Otto George envisioned a tramway connecting two popular skiing destinations: Government Camp and...

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Stunning Aerial Photographs Find The “Hidden City” Inside New York City

Navid Baraty started taking the pictures by accident. He was up in a skyscraper high above New York City, doing his best to take an aerial photograph the low-tech way: by holding the camera in front of him, pointed straight down (and thus keeping him from checking the frame himself), and hoping for the best. When he looked at the pictures, he was shocked to find that the glass building he was atop...

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Black Mothers Act Out What Might Be The Future Of Their Sons In The US

Crenshaw Blvd, Ca Artist Jon Henry started working on his photography series Stranger Fruit back in 2014. What began as a protest against senseless police killings of black people ended up being a lot of other things, too. Most notably, it’s an introspective mirror that allows viewers to examine their own take on the subject. More: Jon Henry, Instagram h/t: boredpanda Central Los Angeles...

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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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