Over the course of my time in Los Angeles, I made an effort to re-engage my creative side. I had a few books with writing prompts to help me focus on something. One of those prompts meant going on a detail hunt. Take a walk and jot down all the interesting details you observe. Focus on sensory impressions. And while looking for the extraordinary, don’t ignore the ordinary.
I wish I had pictures of many of these items, especially the trees. I found their formation fascinating. Sadly, I didn’t take pictures. While I doubt many of these items will be as intriguing to someone who hasn’t walked this neighborhood, I figured I’d go ahead and share anyway.
If nothing else, at least it will offer a more realistic impression of my experience in the city. We certainly didn’t live in a fancy neighbor.
What detail stands out to you?
- Tree looks like a sling shot
- Bikes tied to a no parking sign
- Lady in her window folding laundry
- Kid practicing skateboard moves on the front porch
- Trees fighting — one falling backward
- Trees twisted together in a punching battle
- Christmas lights on the balcony (it wasn’t Christmas)
- Everyone hides behind gates, fences, electrical gates and barbed wire
- Use umbrellas to shield sun, not rain
- Chips Ahoy wrapper mixed in with plants
- Trees aren’t safe from graffiti
- No hidden camera gags here: “Smile, you’re on camera!”
- My street is filled with trash: oil containers, old rags, plastic cups, Crest toothpaste box, Taco Bell souvenir cup crushed, El Pollo Loco napkin, Inn N Out ketchup packets
- Shopping carts full of blankets, sleeping bag, beer cans
- Tagged parking meters
- Straw wrappers and receipts litter the ground
- Skateboard stunds on a volleyball court
- Metro bus carrying a bike on front with a jug of watter on the handlebars
- Abandoned vegetables on sidewalk — cucumbers, green beans
- Apartment building with gargoyle lions on the corner
- American Red Cross Building with graffiti all over the facade
- Yellowed newspaper
- Old mattress and newspapers for makeshift sleeping arrangements
- 5 or 6 newspaper stands on most corners
- “Please slide mail down door” DOWN?
- Se habla espanol
- The American Cement Building is not made solely out of cement
- At MacArthur Park, people are reclining on the ground. Purplish blue flowers
- There’s a pregnant woman in a pink polka dot shirt with a little boy running, trying to scare the birds so they’ll fly away
- People rowing on the lake
- Guy selling food from a cart, there’s a bell
- White ducks, fluffy — cleaning feathers?
- Life guard looking for one of the ducks. It had duct tape on its leg. Fellow duck began calling for it — maybe trying to call it back
- Lone duck still squawking for friend. Can see his whole body move as he squawk