Nearly a century since its beginnings, Los Angeles and its surrounding suburbs are still dotted with historic reminders of the city's early 20th century emergence as a modern metropolis with lavish theatres and grand buildings in a variety of architectural styles ranging from Beaux-Arts to Neo-Gothic to Art-Deco. The images presented here illustrate our modern 21st century life integrated among these vestiges from the past and covers the areas of Los Angeles' South Broadway Theatre District, Hollywood Boulevard, and Santa Monica.
Nancy Lehrer: Computer Scientist by profession, classical musician by history, and photographer by passion. My earliest memory of picture taking dates back to the 5th grade. Armed with my father's Kodak Brownie camera, I set out to document a week at a beach-side camp. I was soon dubbed the camp photographer and my photos were published in the camp newsletter. With the same camera, I documented the wedding reception for my grandmother's third wedding. I was 9. My first SLR was a Canon AE-1 purchased in 1978. I used this camera exclusively for 22 years. My gear consisted of a single 50mm lens and an external flash unit. As my career in Computer Science matured, the time available to me for photographic exploration dwindled. But everything changed in May 2006. With the purchase of a Canon Digital Rebel XT and discovery of the online photo community, Flickr, my passion for photography has been rekindled.