Opened in 1971, the Plaza Hotel & Casino in downtown Las Vegas, Nevada was originally called the Union Plaza after being built on the site of the former train station. At the time of its opening it was promoted as the largest hotel casino in the world, and became an immediate icon with its dominant position at the end of Fremont Street (and now the Fremont Street Experience).Over the year's the Plaza Hotel & Casino has featured prominently in pop culture, from Biff's casino in Back to the Future: Part II to a memorable scene in the domed restaurant between Robert De Niro and Sharon Stone in Martin Scorsese's Casino - as well as in music videos from The Killers, The Weeknd, and U2. The Plaza remains an icon of Las Vegas, Fremont Street, and of the old school cool that makes vintage Vegas so much fun to revisit time and time again.
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This month brought on another round of Las Vegas travel shoots following the success of a whirlwind visit that took place earlier this year. This latest shoot was more extensive in that we covered the entire Las Vegas Strip, starting from the iconic sign on the south end to the Strat on the north end, as well as each of the downtown casinos along Fremont Street.
Las Vegas is such a fascinating place to document in that it has evolved so much in such a relatively short amount of time. Having visited countless times now, I have so much nostalgia for this city and love coming back and seeing what's new. The Sphere, Formula 1, Halloween, and more made the list this time. Early highlights also appeared on the Editing Luke instagram account, but you can expect lots of this new library will roll out online over the next year.
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Part art installation, part scrapyard, I can appreciate the fact that the abandoned aspect of the Salton Sea's Bombay Beach has continued to evolve over the years. The Bombay Beach Drive-In is quite obviously not a working theatre, but its collection of classic wrecks is both playful and haunting in its junkyard depiction of the drive-in aesthetic in the middle of the blistering California desert. There's actually quite a bit to see. In my opinion, worth the stop.