Welcome to the Eastern Columbia

The classic Eastern Columbia building in downtown Los Angeles is a grand reminder of the city’s past. I love photographing this art-deco beauty. But what I would really love is to go up and photograph the roof tower one of these days. Can anybody hook me up?

A detail of the entrance to the building. Where architecture & art become one.


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Escape HunterMarch 24, 2015 - 12:52 am

For someone obsessed with architecture, this is delicious.
Absolutely lovely Art Deco work of art!

A Day in the Life in Rio De Janeiro

Happy 450th Birthday Rio de Janeiro!! Here is to 450 more marvelous years full of beautiful beaches and spectacular sunsets. Parabéns cidade maravilhosa!!

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Escape HunterMarch 24, 2015 - 12:53 am

I’m dreaming of Rio more and more often nowadays. Hopefully I’ll visit it as soon as possible and will do my best to stay long enough to soak up the atmosphere and learn about it.
Spectacular photo you have there!

Blue Buick in Havana

I found this classic Buick taxi while walking among the cobbelstone streets of Old Havana. You can’t walk a block in Havana without encountering a classic car of some sort. There are thousands scattered all over Cuba.

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Escape HunterMarch 24, 2015 - 12:59 am

I hope Havana will maintain its “beauty of decay” and vintage feel until I’ll get to visit it.
It looks magical.
Somehow almost everything that’s old looks so beautiful. How come?

RafaelinhoMarch 25, 2015 - 1:54 pm

Thanks for all the nice comments. I imagine that all the classic architecture in Havana was so beautiful to begin with and although it is now in various states of disrepair, the original beauty still peaks through for us to enjoy.

The Orpheum Theatre

Who remembers walking down Broadway in downtown Los Angeles back in the 80’s or 90’s? Yea, it was a pretty sketchy place. Even more if you were out after dark. But now you can walk around DTLA late at night and encounter hipsters walking their dogs or out for a coffee. You also get to admire the classic theaters that have been magnificently restored. One of the best is the Orpheum Theatre. This beauty has been around since the 1920’s and has seen many show biz luminaries grace the stage. Unfortunately, like much of downtown, it went through a dark period (literally) but now the lights are back on and these wonderful venues are once again putting on shows and movies.

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Vista do Rio em Branco e Preto

Because Rio de Janeiro is beautiful to look at in any color. Happy Carnaval weekend everyone!

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Escape HunterMarch 24, 2015 - 12:56 am

It is indeed beautiful in any colour, as you say.
Personally, I always loved exotic places in black and white. There’s something special in that.
It’s enthralling the way the mountains and hills show up in the background, swimming in myst.

Land’s End Lookout

I was in San Francisco last Thanksgiving and went on a hike with the family to this picturesque trail. You’ll see some lovely views of the Pacific Ocean and Golden Gate Bridge. And did you know there are actual ruins in San Francisco? Yep! They are called the Sutra Baths and you’ll find them here. But for now enjoy this pretty view I captured on the hike.

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