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The Hotel Mark Twain in Hollywood, California.

This establishment attracts transients and maybe starving-artist types who need a place to crash.

MUCH more representative of Hollywood than the glitz and glamour projected to tourists, the Hotel Mark Twain is mere blocks from the revitalization efforts at the intersection of Hollywood Bl and Highland Ave. The REAL Hollywood is a bit trashy, as tourists find out if they wander too far away from the aforementioned intersection.

There are no movie stars walking along Hollywood Bl. Nobody will be “discovered”. Instead, there are runaways, prostitutes, hustlers, and assorted fringe-dwellers.

Municipal efforts will eventually change this, at quite a cost to the city; but at a much-higher cost to those who arrive here with stars in their eyes and no place but the streets to stay.

All that being said, Hollywood, California, is a unique place in the world, and is likely to remain so. My favorite activity in Hollywood is to people-watch on a Saturday night. One will see things one never imagined. Halloween night on Hollywood Bl. is an unforgettable experience!

Nikon D60
18mm
cropped slightly
converted to, and processed for, fabulous Black & White

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  • Sheryl Gerhard
    Sheryl Gerhardover 1 year ago

    Always admire your B&Ws, Ron.. Very nice.

  • THANKS, Sheryl! You are the best!! HUGS!

    – Ron Hannah

  • RobynLee
    RobynLeeover 1 year ago

    Great Capture! Also it makes an important point about “Hollyweird”(yes,that’s what i call it) about it not being all Glitz & Glamour,In fact far from it(though it does have it’s nice areas) Btw,I was born there(not that hotel-lol) but @ Cedars Of Lebanon Hospital (Now the home of The Scientology Center-no comment!)

  • Thanks, Robyn! How ’bout the color they painted the Scientology Center? Hollywood hideous! LOL!

    Thanks for the fave, too!

    – Ron Hannah

  • RobynLee
    RobynLeeover 1 year ago

    Lol-I don’t recall the color they painted it exactly but I do remember it’s Ug-lee!

  • Sheryl Gerhard
    Sheryl Gerhardover 1 year ago

    Congrats on your feature!

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  • Sheryl Gerhard
    Sheryl Gerhard6 months ago

    Congrats, my friend, on winning the challenge!!!

  • SUPER MEGA WICKED!! I am grateful to the voters for voting for my image. And THANKS, Sheryl, for making this group!! HUGS!

    – Ron Hannah

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheep6 months ago

    Excellent! Congratulations on your Challenge Win!!

  • Thank you very much!

    – Ron Hannah

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