Sunday, January 25, 2009

Down to Chinatown

Yesterday it was a slow and sleepy Saturday in our corner of Los Angeles. Outside, clean and cool, steeped in the clarity and color that only comes after rain. I broke a lampshade last week. It was a glass one, part of the pendant lamp that was going to illuminate the inside of my "craft closet." I salvaged the bulb and cord, and went in search of a solution for reinventing it. I've always wanted a paper lantern. They remind me of summertime, of nights when the evening air is warm and remnants of daylight linger past bedtime. So we went to Chinatown to buy paper lanterns. And fans. And to ponder at length whether or not silk parasols are indispensable objects.
I didn't get a parasol; maybe next time. But I did come home with a small collection of lanterns, a pale pink one for the craft closet light and some accordion style ones I might pull out come summer. After traipsing down crowded sidewalks, past open store fronts and over puddles of muddied rainwater we came to a central square, where dusky light fell on intensely colored buildings spun together by a hanging web of lanterns and cafe lights. We stayed past sunset, to watch as they flickered on, strand by strand.

47 comments:

craftYARD said...

these are beautiful photos! lovely colors!

Stacy's Designs 88 said...

Thanks for sharing your gorgeous pics of Chinatown! So beautiful. :)

sina said...

Love all the colours captured in your photos!

Long time stalker, first time commentor :)

Kim said...

Beautiful pictures.

Paula Prass said...

Have I told you lately how much I LOVE your blog? Everytime I come to visit I wonder who will snatch you up after graduation. You are so very talented!

kate said...

exquisite

iartaday.com said...

AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL! Oh you're making me long for the warmth of spring!

AncaNY said...

great sense of color.

karen m. said...

Oh, how lovely and just perfect to celebrate the Chinese New Year!

debra cooper said...

unbelievably beautiful photos...like a dream..

Rachel said...

These pictures are amazing. I love LA chinatown, even if it is tiny compared to some others. And those lanterns are lovely.

Lex said...

I LOVE these pictures...reminds me of my paintings with lanterns. Check out my blog to see em'.

cindy : quaint said...

they are such lovely photos, beautiful tones!

J for Jendetta said...

these photos are out of this world AMAZING!! thank you for giving me a place to drift to in my dreams tonight!!

Malinda said...

lovely photos of china town. I've been there a million times, but never saw it like this.

Brighton Early said...

These photos are great! *jealous****

LBB said...

I so envy the bright and vivid colors of your world right now...as it is rather white and barren in mine. A refreshing sight! Hope to see some photos of your lantern purchases in the future!

Little Lovables said...

beautiful! lovely blog :)

A Scrappy Design said...

Amazing photos! The colors are truly an inspiration.

Design Lovely said...

What lovely photos! Pefect for today and I really got a good sense of the place.

Grace@PoeticHome said...

Livy, your photos and story are so gorgeous and captivating. I have a soft spot in my heart for Chinatowns, as I nostalgically remember heading down to LA's Chinatown with my grandma as a child for Dim Sum. Your lanterns sound beautiful, and that parasol is so tempting!

CountryDreaming said...

You also came home with an awesome collection of photos. I especially like the third image down, where a grand cloud serves as a background for the airy hanging festive red against a farther background of pastel cyan sky. Such an artistic sight. Happy Chinese New Year.

sara said...

Oh, what beautiful photographs! Makes me feel like I've been there myself. :) I love the colors!

(If you do get a Chinese parasol and come up with some brillant way to display it, you'll let us know, yes?)

Annette said...

how magical!

CHOO said...

Yo Olivia!

Dude, I'm gonna go ahead and milk the cow till its dry: your Chinatown photographs are insanely awesome.
And, as always, your blog is amazing.

As for the little gallery I have, its called 'lightbox'. its really easy to use and you get it here:

http://www.lokeshdhakar.com/projects/lightbox2/

if you have any questions, let me know.

Charles.

blazedanielle said...

Beautiful Livy.
I think we see the world through the same rose-colored glasses. ;)

Ashley L. said...

GORGEOUS! I love the soft feel and whimsical color palette :)

Suzanne : : S.HOPtalk said...

These are amazing--beautiful colors! I love my semi annual ventures to S.F.'s chinatown--it's been a tradition since my childhood visits with my grandmother. You've captured the magic I feel each time I go back.

Miss Jo said...

i love lanterns!

Parallax said...

The lantern photos are simply wonderful. I'm glad I came across them.

AJ said...

lovely photos. what a great time of the year.

kristy bowen said...

gorgeous!

ada and the fox said...

what lovely photos!

MamaShift said...

Those photos are amazingly beautiful. The colors are perfect -- very modern.

Liz V. said...

these photographs are beautiful!

frida said...

so in love with these photos and your blog.

tavelhus said...

Lovely Chinatown-photos!

wide open spaces said...

wow. your photography is insanely beautiful.

jennifer lorton said...

Beautiful pictures, I love all the colors. Nicely done.
Jennifer
http://blog.jenniferlorton.com

Laura said...

amazingly charming blog. love these lantern photos!

Lex said...

Hi Livy!
Just posted a painting inspired by these beautiful photos on my blog! Thanks for the burst of inspiration...check em' out.
Heart, Lex

Bambee said...

Thank you for nice pictures.
I really love them.

mIddReks.< said...

Hey!

Very great photos!

Lynn R. said...

Beautiful pictures of lanterns against the sky!

Hebee said...

Your photo are beautiful, I love your color tone!!

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Tina { Luphia Loves... } said...

oh wow!! what absolutely stunning images!!

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