Saturday, February 28, 2009

Ray Bolger

Ray Bolger, the Scarecrow. He made me laugh with just a flailing of his limbs. To this day I still quote some of the lines he said on the Wizard of Oz. "Some people without brains do an awful lot of talking" So so true! Oh Ray, Thanks for all the laughs and just like you said in the beautiful eulogy you gave for Jack Haley "How lonely it is going to be now on the Yellow Brick Road"

I Think I Will Miss You Most of All Scarecrow!

Tin Man

Jack Haley, the Original Iron Man....well ok, Tin Man but just as cool!
I don't care how old I get, The Wizard Of Oz is still one of my favorite movies. It's one of those movies that I own yet will still watch when it is on TV. Seeing as the movie brought me (and still brings me) so much joy, I decided to pay my respects to Mr Haley at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Close up of Jack Haley's final resting place. I left him a note written in silver. I feel the silver fitting, seeing as he spent the majority of his most famous role covered in it.

Here is a close up shot of the note I left for Jack Haley. It's a quote from his famous role as the Tin Man.
"Now I Know I Have A Heart, Because It's Breaking"
I think it is an appropriate quote when standing over the grave of the man that brought anyone who has ever seen him act such joy. Thank you Jack for the magic you brought to one of the most beloved films of all time.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Pretty Maids All In A Row

Mary Mary, Quite Contrary.......

How does your garden grow? With Silver Bells and Cockle Shells and....

I took these shots at Rosedale in Los Angeles, beautiful cemetery! I thought of the nursery rhyme right away. The garden filled with Pretty Maids and these tombstones All In A Row........

Monday, February 23, 2009

Sharon Tate

A True Beauty

I wish I could have known you. Rest In Peace Sharon and thank you for giving us your beauty and genius if only for too brief a time.

Thy End is Truth and Beauty's Doom and Date....William Shakespeare

As Truth and Beauty Shall Together Thrive Forever in You
And you shall Thrive in our hearts forever
This is how I remember you Sharon, when I think of you I think of your elegance. To quote Bob Dylan "Your breath is sweet as wheat, your eyes are like two jewel in the sky. Your back is straight, your hair is smooth on the pillow where you lie."

Saturday, February 21, 2009

If Love Could Have Saved You

How often have I said this very thing whilst standing over someone now gone, or standing at a grave or staring at a picture? I think all of us who have lost someone special have this replayed often in our tragic filled minds.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Johnny Ramone

Hey Ho Let's go! One more shot from Hollywood Forever, this one of the legendary Johnny Ramone. Another yellow rose as a Thank You Johnny for all your music.
The one thing I noted while being at the cemetery, was that everyone walking or driving by, would stop and stare at this statue. Oh Johnny, we've all owned your music or have at least heard it enough to sing along!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Fay Wray

I took this shot on at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. When I think of Hollywood, I still think of the old glamor days of the past. Those days, like the stars of that era, were dead and gone or withering and fading when I was a kid. I think it is my old soul and perhaps my grandfather (who always had me watch old flicks with him) that keeps me so fascinated with the era . Perhaps that is why my idea of great makeup is red lips, lots of black liner and a powered face. I reminisce of the women that represent old Hollywood and I remember Fay. The beautiful Fay Wray is perhaps the embodiment of the glamor, the beauty and the image that is synonymous with Hollywood in my mind. I left her the yellow rose as a thank you of sorts and a small token that she is still her films and her pictures and the minds of those she entranced.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Love's Grave

I'm normally not one for Valentine's Day, but it was the first thing that came to mind when I took this shot. I could almost see it as a card. I guess this will be my Valentine for those kind enough to stop by and read this. The grave was also reminiscent of a Shakespeare quote that I love:
Thou art the grave where buried love doth live,
Hung with the trophies of my lovers gone

Monday, February 9, 2009

A Great Man in My Life

Oh Hank! Where would I be without you? This man is the most honest and therefore the most beautiful person I have ever encountered. I love to read his work. SOmetimes when I'm driving by all the industrial buildings and oil refinaries that dot the San Pedro landscape I feel like he did in that it is beautiful in it's own way. The beauty of the Concret Jungle...Hank was so right with so much he said. I'll leave you all with some of his words
People are not good to each other
I suppose they never will be
I don't ask them to be.
but sometimes I think about it.....
People are not good to each other.
perhaps if they were
our deaths would not be so sad

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

More from Rosedale

I've been on a black and white kick lately but this shot was too beautiful to pass up a color picture. Amazingly the sky is bright blue (yes LA does have those once in awhile) and this picture almost took itself in that it just leaped in my mind. Tell me what do you all think?

Monday, February 2, 2009

Rosedale Cemetery

I know I say this at least once a week but I love living in California especially since I live in The City Of the Angels. That exact phrase popped into my head while taking this picture. Now I haven't touched this up yet since I just took this shot on Sunday. This was taken at the Rosedale Cemetery in Los Angeles. More from this shoot to come!