Photo by Gary Cohen via Flickr and used with permission.
[Ed note: We’ll admit we had never heard of Naud Junction before, but have since learned it’s a tiny stretch of real estate in Downtown, near Phillippe’s. Map]
“An interesting place to be…”
I used to co-run a blog about downtown Los Angeles called angelenic before I moved to Amsterdam last year. One thing that was always important to me during that time was to show through my photography how diverse and quirky the neighborhoods of downtown are to people who don’t know them. I think this photograph captures a side of that personality. It was taken from a hidden little strip called Wholesale Alley near Little Tokyo. Unfortunately that day the businesses were closed and their roll gates were down, but the view made it an interesting place to be nonetheless. – Stephen D. Friday
The image was taken three years ago, on august 24, while i was spending my birthday in chinatown taking street pics . . . that particular alley is on the north side of 835 n. broadway, looking toward tak shing hong, which sells chinese herbs and groceries . . . it was the golden hour, and the fiery glow of late sun on the red painted bricks made the alley look like a portal to another world . . . i took an uncharacteristically long time to set up this shot and then took just one, because the moment passed very quickly . . . i have gone back to that alley several times, but it has never looked the same. – Elaine Layabout
I was just exploring downtown LA one day with my camera, and for some reason this alley caught my eye. I wanted to test out my new tripod to do an HDR photo – Jesse Childers.
Why I took it is pretty straightforward. I was staying with friends in downtown LA and we went for a walk. The alley, behind converted loft buildings, had been made into a seating and promenade area for the residents. It reminded me of Italy–my 2nd most favorite physical environment after Japan. I took the shot. –Loren, of the photo that is via Flickr.
Mark Peacock, via Flickr:
Alleys are the back door to the places where we live and work, the façade and mask of the front can’t hide the bowels of where things are discarded and where the least among us in society search for sustenance ………….
“Walking around in down, very down downtown Los Angeles.” — Jorge Vismara
I used to live in a loft facing this alley. [It was] 5 a.m. on a Sunday morning, prepping for a commercial. I stumbled upon these set up by a cracked out homeless guy during the night. He found them in a dumpster. — Doug McClintock via Flickr.