26 May 2015

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

There are a handful of places in the world that have truly become a part of who I am. The 1899 Hollywood Forever Cemetery is one such place. I'll put it simply -- if you've never been, go. Beyond that, I'll let the photographs below, which only just begin to scratch the surface of the greatness of the cemetery, speak for themselves. Enjoy.

(please click on this, and any, image to see it bigger)

A quick p.s. -- In recent years, Hollywood Forever has become a very unlikely venue for both musical performances and outdoor movie screenings, Cinespia at the helm of the latter. It's wonderful that the cemetery -- once in such disrepair that families of the deceased threatened to disinter and relocate their loved ones -- is able to host such popular events that both generate revue for and introduce new visitors to the location. I highly recommend Karie Bible's fantastic "The Cemetery of the Stars" walking tour, which is a wonderful introduction to Hollywood legends interred at the cemetery.

All photographs copyright Monika Seitz Vega, 2012-2015.

07 May 2015

prints for sale -- fundraiser

UPDATE: 3 left!!

My friend Amber Ledesma was diagnosed with liver cancer earlier this year + is preparing for a liver transplant. 
She has started a Gofundme page (http://www.gofundme.com/tv5p8gg) to raise funds to care for herself + her pups during this time. 
Amber is a fantastic person + I am hoping to raise money for her by selling the prints below. Each photograph was taken by me, on 35mm film, and measures 5x7 inches. With signed mats each measures total 8x10 inches, ready to frame. Each one is $20 postage paid.

(I took quick snapshots of them to get them up immediately, if you have any questions about them or would like to see a higher quality version please let me know.)

Thank you to everyone in advance, let's help Amber out!!
Hollywood, CA. 2010.

SOLD!! Starlite Drive-In, El Monte, CA. 2008.

SOLD!! Parking lot carnival, 2009. Lomo Fisheye.

Abandoned restaurant, San Bernardino, CA. 2008.

SOLD!! New York City, 2004.

SOLD!! Toy camera teacups, 2010.

SOLD!! Banning, CA (since demolished). 2010.

SOLD!! Riverside, CA. 2008.

Riverside, CA. 2008.