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Julius Shulman was not a friend of mine. But he WAS an aquiantance, someone I would occaisionally drop by and visit (or bother) at his home here in Los Angeles from 2007-2009. His work moves me, both in the subject matter (modernist architecture) and in his technique and aesthetic. I wanted to paint his portrait, and he graciously permitted me to take some photos of his wonderful home, and eventually (if reluctantly) even of himself. He said he thought I was good photographer, which is thrilling enough to me! We talked about art, photography, architecture, desserts, women and Nova Scotia (amongst many other things, and not necessarily in that order). We also talked about digital cameras, which he was curious about, but by the time I had the money to get a really good one (a Canon 5D MKII with a 16-35mm lens, which I have since name "Julius") he was gone at the ripe old age of 98. I never had the chance to show him the photos I have taken with his namesake (along with older ones taken with the little Kodak with a 23mm fixed lens that initially intriged him), but I can share them here.

California Poppies (3 May 2010)
A day trip to Lancaster, CA to see the poppies, and a biker bar at Castaic Lake (click any to enlagre)

Night Sky (5 Feb 2010)
Sunset at 7pm in the yard in Hollywood (click any to enlagre)

Griffith Observatory (31 December 2009)
A beautiful day taking in a beautiful Los Angeles landmark (click any to enlagre)

Julius Shulman at Home (2007-2009)
Photos taken of Julius, his home and garden, and a photo shoot with a large-format Polaroid, including video (click any to enlagre)

Walt Disney Hall, Dorothy Chandler Pavillion and Olivera Street, Christmas Eve 2009
THE building to photograph in Downtown Los Angeles, plus some other wonderful sites (click any to enlagre)

My North Hollywood Home Remod Complete, August 2009
Started in Jan 2005, I finally finished the remod of my home in North Hollywood, CA, and then gave it the Julius Shulman photo treatment, including a beautiful model - my wife, plus doggies! (click any to enlagre)

All text and photos © 2015 Joel Pelletier, The Way Home Media/Music, Hollywood, CA
joelp@joelp.com

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