Greetings from Los Angeles
Headdress trees with giraffe necks, hot lamp in the azure blue. Sunglass faces, followers of fashion walking with a dog or a yoga mat underarm. Joggers bobbing, hikers trekking, Mexican gardener’s shearing hedges. My car parked a mile away on a street-sweeping day. Hollywood on the mountain.
Church bells chiming “Ode to Joy.” Crowds massing outside a Lucky Strike. Stargazing walkways, meandering in a forecourt of imprints.
Downtown hobo jungle, broken lights on Broadway. Freeway hell-scape’s, fender-benders, slapping blades of helicopters. Detours around a film shoot.
Daydream billboards looming above strip malls and boulevards. Riotous wildflowers clinging to cyclone fences and telephone poles.
A thin skin of smog on suburban sprawl, tall corral buildings rising out of the haze. Tower of the six astronomers, white terrace orbiting copper domes. Looking into a picture of vistas bathed in rusty light, sending greetings from L.A.
Postscript. Greetings from L.A. is a combination of image and text that communicates like a postcard. Objectively showing where a person is, was, or is going. Postcards that together comprise a succinct allegory of Los Angeles.
- Jeremy Damato