Jul 20, 2017

Exploring Broadway in Downtown Los Angeles

From iconic marquees to bustling crowds, Broadway is an incredible location to explore in downtown Los Angeles, California. As one of the city's first commercial districts, Broadway gained prominence in the early 20th century as the site of some of the finest theaters and movie palaces in the world. This included, among others, the Million Dollar Theatre, Orpheum Theatre, United Artists Theatre, Los Angeles Theatre, and Tower Theatre. 

Broadway DTLA Los Angeles
Broadway DTLA Los Angeles

Broadway was once considered the center of the city, and in the 1920s and 1930s the street marked the western end point of Route 66 (it then moved to the Santa Monica Pier). As Los Angeles grew in the 1950s and the attention of the movie industry shifted to Hollywood and newer venues, the theatres and street in general began to decline in later decades. 

The Broadway Theater District has since undergone a lot of renewal in recent years with many buildings being repurposed as condos, apartments, and hotels. Other restoration / revitalization projects along Broadway have included the iconic Bradbury Building, the Ace Hotel and United Artists Theatre, and the dynamic Grand Central Market. It's tough not to be won over by the architecture, energy, and novelty found along this amazing street. Broadway packs a punch of character and charm that makes DTLA a blast to discover for yourself.

Broadway DTLA Los Angeles

Broadway DTLA Los Angeles
Broadway DTLA Los Angeles


Broadway DTLA Los Angeles

Broadway DTLA Los Angeles

Broadway DTLA Los Angeles

Broadway DTLA Los Angeles

Broadway DTLA Los Angeles

Broadway DTLA Los Angeles

Broadway DTLA Los Angeles

Broadway DTLA Los Angeles
Broadway DTLA Los Angeles
Broadway DTLA Los Angeles


Broadway DTLA Los Angeles
Broadway DTLA Los Angeles


Broadway DTLA Los Angeles
Broadway DTLA Los Angeles

Broadway DTLA Los Angeles

Broadway DTLA Los Angeles

Broadway DTLA Los Angeles

Broadway DTLA Los Angeles

Broadway DTLA Los Angeles

Broadway DTLA Los Angeles
Broadway DTLA Los Angeles

Broadway DTLA Los Angeles





Jul 16, 2017

Medicine Hat, Alberta Then & Now: Part 2

A continuation of my "Then & Now" photo series of Medicine Hat, Alberta featuring archival and modern day images in side by side comparisons.

Medicine Hat Alberta Then Now

Medicine Hat Alberta Then Now
1912 & 2017 - 2nd Street

2nd Street decorated with banners and ribbons leading up to Canada's 45th birthday in 1912.

Medicine Hat Alberta Then Now
1912 & 2017 - Connaught School

The Duke of Connaught, member of the Royal Family and Governor General of Canada, helps to lay the cornerstone at a ceremony during the construction of Connaught School. More than a century on, Connaught School is still operating and the cornerstone is still in place.

Medicine Hat Alberta Then Now
1953 & 2017 - North Railway Street

Quite a few subtle changes along North Railway.

Medicine Hat Alberta Then Now
1970s & 2017 - Courthouse

While the courthouse looks pretty much the same, you'll notice that in addition to some landscaping, the back end of the building was actually expanded.

Medicine Hat Alberta Then Now
1913 & 2017 - Downtown

You might think that I used Finlay Bridge to line up these two shots, but it's actually Fifth Avenue Church (in the centre of both images) that really showcases the surrounding change.

Medicine Hat Alberta Then Now
1912 & 2017 - Fifth Avenue Church

Construction and modern day.

Medicine Hat Alberta Then Now
1912 & 2017 - 2nd Street

2nd Street decorated with banners and ribbons leading up to Canada's 45th birthday in 1912.

Medicine Hat Alberta Then Now
1910 & 2017 - Hotel Redcliff

The original structure is still visible in the modern day image, however it's clear that a lot has changed with this hotel in Redcliff, Alberta over the last century.

Medicine Hat Alberta Then Now
1936 & 2017 - Train Station

A passenger train prepares to load at the Medicine Hat train station in 1936. Not only has passenger service since ended, this area of the train station is now part of the parking lot in 2017.

Jul 12, 2017

Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee: Part 1

Opened in 1950 by rock & roll pioneer Sam Phillips, Sun Studio is an iconic Memphis, Tennessee landmark. Originally known as the Memphis Recording Service, the building was also shared by Phillips' independent Sun Records label. Sun was the first company to record Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, and Johnny Cash, earning this small studio its legendary status for rock & roll, country, rockabilly, and blues fans around the globe.

Sun Studio Memphis TennesseeTouring this studio, not unlike Motown in Detroit or FAME in Muscle Shoals, you're instantly overwhelmed by the history connected to such an unassuming space. To stand where Elvis, and numerous others, recorded their first singles makes the early days of rock & roll look so humble. And yet, you only need to drive a few miles to Graceland to see what a difference a few decades made. Memphis's Sun Studio is an incredible slice of music history to explore.  

Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee

Million Dollar Quartet Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee
"Million Dollar Quartet". An impromptu jam session broke out between Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, and Johnny Cash at Sun Studio on December 4, 1956. Often noted as a seminal moment in rock & roll history, the session was recorded and captured four artists together who were radically changing the landscape of popular music in the 1950s.

Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee

Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee

Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee
Inside the iconic studio.

Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee

Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee

Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee

Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee

Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee

Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee

Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee
Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee


Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee
Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee
Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee



Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee


Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee
Front office of Sun Studio.

Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee
Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee
Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee


Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee
Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee

Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee

Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee

Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee

Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee

Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee
Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee


Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee


Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee