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TWS: September 2017

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TWS: SEPTEMBER 2017

 

 

Text by Racquel Ward, Copyright 2017

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Photography by Tony Ward, Copyright 2017

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LOS ANGELES UNKNOWN

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Angelinos live amongst the stars, palm trees, vegan diets, terrible dating and gorgeous people. But if you live in the city the right way, it means to explore the rich history of Hollywood, visit it’s beautiful beaches, eat a myriad of authentic ethnic foods and talk to the characters of the city.

Catalina Island is a good place to start. Yes, there are great restaurants and south of France like beaches, but perhaps one of the most underrated sights to see is the 20th century art deco inspired Catalina Casino. Built and owned by the Wrigley Family, this architectural marvel puts you right back in time to the early days of Hollywood. The island itself is known as the “playground of the stars,” but the casino is where they gathered. Casino means, “gathering place” in Italian, and that’s just what Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra and many others did at this decadent Hollywood hot spot.

There is nothing “unknown” about the famous pink wall which houses Paul Smith’s flagship clothing store – mostly because it is one of the most popular places to take a selfie in the United States. If you’re into pop culture and all things Instagram, this is a must-see when you’re shopping on Melrose. It’s a great place to people watch since just about every second of every day you can see people taking snaps at the wall. However, perhaps the most unusual fact about it is that visitors rarely go into the actual store. Go figure.

Let’s not skip over the locals in Venice Beach. The neighborhood is a gentrified mess, but that still has not kept the locals from honoring their stake in the cultural fabric of the area. Keeping the character of Venice alive, 30+ year Angelino residents like Ben Bennett, have made their homes in Venice and do not intend to leave. It is not always appreciated but these guys and gals make the neighborhood what it is despite the presence of Facebook and Snapchat. Next time you see a Venice local, and believe me you’ll know one when you see one, stop and say hi. Ask about their lives, their histories and what makes Venice special to them. This exchange will deepen your understanding and appreciation of one of America’s greatest neighborhoods.

Next time you’re in Los Angeles, explore the city through a different lens. You may be surprised at what you find. But shhhh, don’t tell everybody, for like the oceans and the rain forests, these gems too need protection. Visitors and locals are all stewards of the cultural preciousness of the city.  Happy hunting!

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About The Author: Racquel Ward is a writer and educational therapist living in Los Angeles. She holds a BA in Culture and Media studies and a BFA in Contemporary Music from the New School University – Manhattan, New York. Racquel also holds a Master’s of Science in Teaching. She has been published on ThoughtCatalog and most recently finished her first children’s book entitled: The Boy Who Couldn’t Read. Available at Amazon.com

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Venice Beach: Portrait of the Day

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Photography by Tony Ward, Copyright 2017

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Travelogue: Hamburg 2017

 

Photos and Text by Tony Ward, Copyright 2017

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I have been traveling to Hamburg, Germany for 20 years.  The city in many regards hasn’t changed all that much.  I have stayed in various parts of this very cosmopolitan city over the years, but I find myself on this trip returning to the district of St. Pauli where  all of my earliest travels to Hamburg  began so many years ago.  The Hotel Monopol is located on one of the most lively and exciting night life blocks, the Reeperbahn in St. Pauli’s red light district, where the sound of popular music emanates from a variety of night clubs, strip clubs and regular bars into the wee hours of every morning, especially in the summer months when tourism in Europe is at its peak.

It seems that every time I’m in St. Pauli during the summer months  the traveling DOM amusement park is setup on a huge empty lot next door to the St Pauli soccer stadium.  In the opposite direction I took a stroll to Cuneo my favorite Italian restaurant in all of Hamburg.  It is also the longest continuously operated restaurants in all of Germany, even surviving the bombardment of World War II.  Just a stones throw away from Cuneo is the famous Herberstrasse, where men can shop for a prostitute some of whom stand in front of the local Burger King carefully screening and soliciting men as they walk along the street directly in front of a police station, which apparently was quite busy as the sound of police sirens were heard as often as the music.  Prostitution is legal in Hamburg and on occasion harmoniously  juxtaposed against old  churches in the neighborhood.  There was a very large gay parade traversing through a less seedy part of town. Gun shops freely display a variety of hand guns for sale, symbols of the increasing liberal policies of today’s German government. 

My main reason for this trip was to check in on a large body of photographs that were in storage at a gallery located not far from the Monopol Hotel.  My agent, Ms. Suzaan Talib is presently arranging an exhibition of a group of these works stored in Hamburg. The prints are quite large, measuring 48 X 72 inches and were printed in Stuttgart, Germany in 2002.  No editions.  All one of kind.   See the video below for more details.

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Studio News: A Passion For Fashion

Pia Sulau and Rima Ker Keri of Hamburg, Germany

 

 

Photography by Tony Ward, Copyright 2017

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Text by Pia Sulau and Rima Ker Keri, Copyright 2017

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Rima and Pia got to know each other during their studies in the city of Hamburg, Germany. They have completed project work and housework together. Both of them quickly realized that they are a good team and complement each other in a variety of interesting ways. They became fast friends mainly because of their common passion for fashion design. They have now both finished their studies and would like to make a hobby their profession. Rima and Pia, currently are active in the commercial and service sector, and would like to start a professional reboot and of course geared towards the fashion industry. Their business idea is to give fashion blog tips on fashion and styling. You will also find trend patterns as well as key pieces here. Rima and Pia are hoping that their dreams will come true and that their fashion tips will become popular, and that their names create a buzz in the German fashion sector.

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Sittings Editor: Suzaan Talib
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Studio News: Women of Hamburg

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