Strange Los Angeles Pictures

Photographs by Vincent Johnson from 2001 – 2002 in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, California. The project continued on and off through 2008.

In the fall of 2001 I decided to photograph several of the extremely strange scenes I was coming across while also shooting vernacular architecture throughout Los Angeles. I determined that this project would be shot in black & white, to be capture and accent the odd and provocative worlds I was happening upon each night while I took pictures. There seemed to be an underlying theme of the Film Industry and it’s its major presence in the San Fernando Valley. I shot photographs of storefronts, homes, businesses and street scenes, each of which I felt reflected upon the amazing and unique visual experiences that this former land of orchards turned into military airfields and then the largest military-industrial complex in California during the Cold War. There were over 250,000 people employed in the military defense industry. By the late 1990’s almost all of these massive enterprises had been shut down, leaving Hollywood to again take the reins of the look and feel of the San Fernando Valley.

Motel Tangiers Pool

Motel Tangiers Pool

Horse at the Silver Saddle Motel, North Hollywood

Horse at the Silver Saddle Motel, North Hollywood

Wedding dress store (San Fernando Valley)

Wedding dress store (San Fernando Valley)

Tailor Shop, San Fernando Valley

Tailor Shop, San Fernando Valley

Remmet avenue bar scene

Remmet avenue bar scene

Movie studio prop house car and furniture

Movie studio prop house car and furniture

Curtains - Film Prop for Sale

Curtains - Film Prop for Sale

Polaroid of Hollywood

Polaroid of Hollywood

Silver Saddle Motel in Neon

Silver Saddle Motel in Neon

Hollywood starlet jewels

Hollywood starlet jewels

Studio Storage

Studio Storage

Carlson's Liquor store

Carlson's Liquor store

Private Residence for Sale, West Adams, Los Angeles

Private Residence for Sale, West Adams, Los Angeles

Spats and Go-Go Boots Vintage Store

Spats and Go-Go Boots Vintage Store

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