Monday, August 04, 2014

Leica Gallery

Leica Store and Gallery, 8783 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, CA

On Saturday night, Larry and I drove over to the Leica Gallery and Store on Beverly Boulevard near Robertson.  As we parked, I remembered that this had once been the location of a Hamburger Hamlet Restaurant!  I could see that Leica remodeled the building extensively and added a new extended front.  The old roof line is still visible through the immense glass windows though.  The Leica store is downstairs and the gallery is upstairs.  It's quite fancy.

My high school classmate, Scott Tansey, was exhibiting his panorama photographs at Leica.  Wow!  His photos are fantastic! They range in length from 5 to 22 feet! They were all shot from Baldwin Hills.  This is a particularly perfect vantage point in which to view the entire basin of Los Angeles, from Downtown L.A. to the ocean, just south of the Santa Monica Freeway. 
It was endlessly entertaining looking for landmarks in the longest panorama.  The portion below shows the oil well (camouflaged by a fake office building) right near our house! 
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Scott and his sister, Reesa
This is the 22-foot long panorama!
I super-fuzzed this photo, taken by Scott's p.r. photo-guy to maximize our beauty!

The show was quite well attended.  We enjoyed talking to people and viewing all of the photos.  Larry was ogling the new and vintage Leicas in the downstairs shop.  The place is set up like a jewelry showroom.  

Super-Sized Leica Model

We had a lovely time at this event.  I must remember to attend more shows at this gorgeous gallery.  Congratulations to Scott on the success of his show.  Do drop by and catch it.  All photos are for sale and reasonably priced.

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At 2:59 PM PDT, Blogger Tina Cuc said...

I was a big Hamburger Hamlet fan.

At 3:01 PM PDT, Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

Me too, Tina. I grew up on the Hamlet food. The one in Sherman Oaks on Van Nuys and Ventura is still there!

At 12:20 PM PDT, Blogger ken bloom said...

Tell Larry I still think about a Leica III-G with the collapsible Elmar lense. An available light snapper's dream!


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