Summer Love

This summer we’re getting to know our home, California.

So last night, we visited the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) for a fresh perspective.

We pondered what it meant to be photographers in light of Magritte’s painting Ceci n’est pas une pipe (translated as: “This is not a pipe”).

Did I shrink, or are the billiard balls gargantuan? Hm.

LACMA is free for Los Angeles residents after 5:00 pm! Perfect for a cheap date.

As everyone from So Cal knows, Summer here would not be complete without an excursion to the Hollywood Bowl!

So on Sunday, we checked this off our list by seeing The Bird and the Bee, She and Him, and The Swell Season. The concert was a lovely blend of retro nostalgia and cute quirkiness, with a dash of Irish fire.

Here is what you do at the Hollywood Bowl: you reach into your picnic basket with salads and white wine and you kick back.

If you really want your friends to love you, bring some extra seat cushions (thanks Lisa).  Not that this is a chore in the least, but we are trying to be intentional about going to lots of events in our local community of Monrovia – movie nights, street fairs, fireworks…

I know what you’re thinking: “You live in Southern California, and you haven’t mentioned the beach?!”

Don’t worry, today I’ve got that one covered – and myself, in sun screen!

Off to soak up the sun!

Warmly (ha),


Brittany Machado - July 20, 2010 - 4:59 pm

I have a picture of c’est ne pas une pipe, also! yours is much better, though.

Love to hear about your explorations. Thanks for sharing!

Barbara Millar - July 20, 2010 - 5:08 pm

I especially like the fireworks photo!

daniel - July 20, 2010 - 11:41 pm

Thank Brittany! Magritte’s pipe always reminds me that, in a way, all artists are liars. As Magritte says, “This is not a pipe[!]“. It’s a painting of a pipe. Nothing but paint on canvas. Magritte’s view is a direct challenge to the way I think about my own photography: my attempt to capture true moments. Magritte makes me aware that I am still fashioning art out of those moments with light and a lens. There’s a great line from the movie V for Vendetta that’s apt: “Artists use lies to tell the truth, while politicians use them to cover the truth up.” Politics aside, I think great photographers are able to convey the feeling of the moment to the viewer in a way that remains true to the photographer’s feeling and experience of the moment. That’s when a photo becomes transcendent.

daniel - July 20, 2010 - 11:44 pm

Thanks Barbara. We enjoyed watching Monrovia’s annual fireworks show with friends for the first time this year. I hope it will become a tradition for us.

Emily - July 23, 2010 - 2:12 pm

Yeah the firework one is my favorite too!

daniel + megan - July 24, 2010 - 1:44 am

thanks, i hope eva wasn’t too alarmed by fireworks on the 4th!

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