I undressed Los Angeles, layer by layer, with one smooth transition at a time until I got her where I wanted her. It’s one of my most viewed photos on Flickr and I thought it was perfect for this example. I wanted a quick, yet smooth, shift from reality to a more design-minded environment. Click below to check it.
As the ideas kept rushing at me, I was finally able to let one transcend. Following extensive research, I unearthed some valuable information, which made me realize that my piece would work the best as an ode to the glory days of the Hotel Rosslyn. It had to have an old feeling that could compliment a modern look.
I went after an authentic look (see picture below) by emulating the fonts used in newspaper advertising during the early 1900’s. I also utilized some weird phrases from the Rosslyn’s old print advertising and embedded them into the structure. I wanted these phrases to invoke a ‘WTF’ moment before the final reveal of the hotel sign. Click on the image below to see if I have succeeded.
Inspiration comes in all shapes and sizes and this amazing one came from my good friend LB.
We’ve talked about roof hopping in downtown LA for a long time but we never really followed through. Until he went and came back with some amazing photos. I missed out. Fortunately, he let me mess with some of his shots and I couldn’t ignore the one above, due to its rich, graphic-friendly qualities. It was practically begging me to be edited. Replacing the skyline with a three tone gradient made my first attempt look pretty bold.
I can also envision a logo or a statement on the left side which is the perfect negative space for that sort of commercial branding. And to be truthful, I also feel that it should look like an old film scene or a classy motion graphic design so I probably won’t stop here. This picture will move soon.
As I was flipping through my pics I realized that I’ve never posted any of them to my Flickr account. My Death Valley selects seemed like a good starting point but other sets like Wires, Tracks and Sunset are most likely to follow shortly. There are a few thousands of pictures to look through so I’m sure that plenty of other categories will pop up as I carefully sift through them.