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Nothing Has Changed

Posted by
Bettina (Los Angeles, United States) on 13 June 2010 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

Back to the streets. Downtown in the jewelry district many old theaters have been converted into other uses such as stores and this church. It struck me that El Senor was surrounded by gold and jewelry dealers. Something familiar about that picture. With the way some things are in the world, seems like the temple could use a little cleansing.

NIKON D3000 1/80 second F/4.5 ISO 200 45 mm (35mm equiv.)

rem_la from France

le chien a du mal à suivre !

13 Jun 2010 5:11am

Christophe from Cherbourg, France

bizar bizar...

13 Jun 2010 6:08am

roeb from rotterdam, Netherlands

the dog is right, don't follow

13 Jun 2010 6:13am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Joli N&B ! Bon dimanche

13 Jun 2010 6:34am

Phil David Alexander Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

A church, wow, usually you see the theaters turning porno when the streets turn seedy. New York was all that way in the eighties, especially Broadway. I love the advertising next door with the gold and diamonds. C"est la vie!

13 Jun 2010 6:42am

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom urgently required.
Excellent capture!

13 Jun 2010 7:28am

Yvon from Orleans, France

excellent street capture, nice technik work

13 Jun 2010 7:32am

KIJI from Valenciennes, France

Nice framing! I love your work on B&W shots
Urban scenes are so great ;)

13 Jun 2010 7:52am

Sonia Nansid from Stockholm, Sweden

Wow! What a place! Once again those scenes kind of scare me! And you are right, religion surrounded by gold! Noticed that Ive said religion and not spiritual tradition, two very different things.

13 Jun 2010 7:54am

Mags from Paris, France

A beautiful B&W!

13 Jun 2010 8:02am

trilliana from Munich, Germany

at least for europeans it is a bizarre idea making a church from a cinema just changing the signs outside. very interesting for me and perfectly captured as always. you seem to know your city very well. have you ever lived in l.a. or have you moved to coming with that curious hunger?

13 Jun 2010 8:20am

@trilliana: I think by coming from somewhere you keep your eyes always open, never taking anything for granted. I am always amazed and amused and touched by what I am discovering about LA downtown.

Florence from Paris, France

Incredible ! Yes, truly amazing. A church in old theater !

13 Jun 2010 8:48am

jacques robert from Ath, Belgium

Etonnante cathédrale ! Je me demande toujours pourquoi les hommes ont besoin de croire en autre chose qu'en eux-mêmes !?

13 Jun 2010 9:32am

Jhon from Fine Land, Singapore

Strike a core on some news that was going on in my land.

13 Jun 2010 9:57am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

A great B&W shot. Great detail and composition. The streets seem a bit deserted - this was probably not taken on a Sunday ;) From theatre to church. I haven't seen something like this in NZ before - very interesting indeed.

13 Jun 2010 10:23am

Philip from Reading, United Kingdom

wow. what superb fonts.

13 Jun 2010 10:46am

JJ from Jersey City, United States

B&W works so well here giving a very dramatic feel to this, there is near Journal square which i pass every morning on the way to the office a theatre that has also been converted to a church, but its on its own on a corner so doesnt have the drama with the jewelry stores either side of it, Superb work

13 Jun 2010 11:39am

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Very strong atmosphere of the place through your wonderful lighting and b&w! So many details to discover... evoking lots of thoughts (and questions)!

13 Jun 2010 11:39am

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Great image followed by your text and info .
BEautiful light and monochrome .

13 Jun 2010 12:23pm

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

I love the atmosphere... just like we've jumped back in time ! Strange and on the other side very familiar !
Very good photo again Bettina. I wish you a very good sunday :)

13 Jun 2010 12:29pm

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

I think the diamond is the master of the world that Jesus Christ! Good Sunday.

13 Jun 2010 12:42pm

PATRICK from miramas, France

very great capture

13 Jun 2010 1:42pm

clodagh smith from Sacramento, United States

and isn't The State and religion an accurate description of what is going on with the the Tea Party and the politics of merging religion and government? nice BW capture

13 Jun 2010 1:45pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

A step back in time. Love the dog.

13 Jun 2010 2:31pm

Bill Brown from California, United States

Awesome capture!

13 Jun 2010 3:23pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Nice, I love old theaters, this one has a beautiful Deco facade. Would love the see the inside of it.

13 Jun 2010 3:26pm

Becky from los angeles, United States

This is really great! Jesus in the decorative cinema. I love this shot!

13 Jun 2010 3:28pm

sim from k, Iran

i like the streets and all nice place

13 Jun 2010 3:43pm

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, United States

very interesting shot! Love this in B&W! Love this vintage look! Beautifully done!

13 Jun 2010 3:51pm

Mark Johnson from Rural Colorado, United States

What lovely old buildings. You bring up a great point about the stores surrounding the theater!

13 Jun 2010 4:00pm

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

excellent !

13 Jun 2010 4:12pm

K.B.R from Switzerland

Very nice B&W, great text !

13 Jun 2010 4:31pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Superb b+w.

13 Jun 2010 4:33pm

Majo from Mumbai, India

nice composition, nicely done in bw

13 Jun 2010 5:44pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Nicely shot and described. Great use of the marque. I love all old theaters, they are so great!

13 Jun 2010 6:08pm

JPS from Le Havre, France

Life's theater ???

13 Jun 2010 6:11pm

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands it that easy..change a sign:) would be nice if everything just worked
like that:)
Great monochrome!

13 Jun 2010 6:28pm

Ddo from Verdun, France

Un contraste interessant comme le souligne ton texte. Bien vu

13 Jun 2010 6:44pm

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Super B&W. Great job.

13 Jun 2010 9:28pm

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

So pity that these old theaters were like that... The fewer people in the street and the b/w toning just presented a depression!

13 Jun 2010 11:31pm

rainboy from Delhi, India

nice shot ...the B&W was a great idea :)

13 Jun 2010 11:57pm

JoeB from Brampton, Canada

These where my temples, movie temples, part of youth later review cinemas where Groucho would reign with every word, now a Spanish Christo rules the place. What a strange image.

14 Jun 2010 3:05am

JoeB from Brampton, Canada

These where my temples, movie temples, part of youth later review cinemas where Groucho would reign with every word, now a Spanish Christo rules the place. What a strange image.

14 Jun 2010 3:05am

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

The tones are especially rich and nice.

14 Jun 2010 4:53am

Céline from Paris, France

Excellent !

14 Jun 2010 7:57am

Howard F. from South Pasadena, Calif., United States

Wow, this street is always packed with pedestrians and cars, a person walking his dog on an empty street? Fantastic shot.

14 Jun 2010 7:17pm

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

I suppose El Senor must keep up with the flashing advertising... Quite a shot.

14 Jun 2010 8:01pm

Christian from Mantes La Jolie, France

God is everywhere... In France (my opinion) the religious practice is very often traditionnal and in America more spectacular and without hung up.. And it's not a surprise, in the movies city, to see a church in an old theater (and surround by gold dealers)..

14 Jun 2010 10:21pm

MMC Photos from THE COLONY, United States

LA jewelry district? I have been there 4-5 times and loved it. Glad you caught this one.

15 Jun 2010 2:47am

Stef67 from in my head, France

un superbe cliché de rue très bien réaliser ^^

15 Jun 2010 3:03pm

Marie from FRESNES, France

Intéressantes, toutes ces inscriptions. Joli noir et blanc.

15 Jun 2010 6:32pm

M@ndy from London, United Kingdom

timeless - this could be taken any time

15 Jun 2010 8:00pm

1/80 second
ISO 200
45 mm (35mm equiv.)