Day 7: Los Angeles!

Currently, it is our third day in Los Angeles. But, because of my late update on blog, I will rewind the time to our first day in here. Before I begin, I just wanted to note that I didn’t have a chance to take photographs on that day…What a shame on me. I am disappointed at myself (I even carried my camera around the whole day!). Anyhow, here is how day 7 went.

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After our arrival in Los Angeles, we first went to get TAP card, a handy, convenient card for metro lines (bus and train). If using public transportation here, TAP card is a must! That way, there is no need to pull out $1.75 (which is the fare per ride) from your wallet every time; just ‘tap’ the card to the reader and there you go. Also, there are variations of types available, from 1 day to 7 days, and even to a month. We set to the City Hall of Los Angeles (as indicated by the TAP card website), only to find out that the office was closed during the weekends. It was a let down, but hey, we learned a lesson here. Research public transportation and fare beforehand! As much common it sounds, this is very important (or so I learned).

Later we visited Annenberg Space for Photography. It was absolutely beautiful! Their current exhibition is titled “Sink or Swim: Designing for a Sea Challenge“, which discusses about effects of rising sea level around the world through photography. It included photographs by Iwan Baan, Stephen Wilkes, Paula Bronstein, and Jonas Bendiksen. I wasn’t familiar with any of the photographers in the exhibits, but it didn’t take too long for me to fall in love with them.Their photographs narrate a story by itself, that even without the aid of description, it contains enough information to enfold what it is about.

There was also series of short clips that featured the photographers’ voice and behind the scenes, and that made them my idols in an instant! I especially was struck by Stephen Wilkes’ film. Photography is visual, and in some cases, disturbing content may appear. On the contrary, however, it is the photographer who recreates it into something of a beauty. It is capable of attracting the viewer, and further pulling them into its tangibility. Photography is capable of effecting and causing mental change. If you are around Los Angeles, this needs to be in the to-do-list! It’s also free for admission!

Day 5: Sea World

Hello to sunshine in San Diego! We have traveled down south to San Diego, and have enjoyed the warm winter today. Seriously, it is so warm here compared to Columbus, OH. I only wore a long sleeve shirt and a hoodie, and I was perfectly fine for the entire day (except the evening was a bit chilly). And no, it isn’t the weather that screwed up my head. I decided to skip to Day 5 from Day 3, because Day 4 was spent only for traveling and relaxing (….and I didn’t take any photographs that day…). Just a side note.

Today was the day to enjoy at our fullest. Home works, projects, internships, portfolio…all the words that hovers around our mind everyday were flushed out. In other words, a stress-free day! We chose Sea World as a place to do so; one, because we do miss seeing sea animals, and two, because, who doesn’t want to go to Sea World? When we arrived at Sea World, my excitement level reached its maximum – I haven’t gone to aquarium or sea animal park in years! It’s always different to see them with your own eyes than to see them through a laptop or tv screen.

I was enjoying today so much, that I almost forgot to take photographs. I was especially in constant awe with the killer whale (or Shaun) show. They are so huge, yet they move so swiftly and lightly in the water! Plus, with the amount of water they are able to splash onto the audience, it seems unbelievable that their thin tail can do it.

The emphasis on sea animal rescues conducted by many of the Sea World staffs was one fact I learned about Sea World today. I thought it was solely a theme park where sea animals are presented with some attractions to ride on. Turns out that Sea World has been rescuing many injured animals, as well as babies, and help them with rehabilitation process. At the end of the treatment, they are returned to their home in the sea. Their video, which played before the killer whale show, was full of this information. I appreciated their decision to do so; I think a lot more people should know about this. It’s their way of giving back to the Earth.

Being on a backpacker trip, we had to take two buses in order to get there. Of course, bus stops slows the speed down, so it took total of 1 hour just to get there. I didn’t think it was too bad though; the scenes passing through the bus window are always enjoyable, and tells me a lot about the local lifestyle in that region. One particular feature I noticed so far in San Diego is how low the buildings are. On top of that, the streets seem more friendly than it is in the East. I’m not sure why, but somehow it feels comfortable to walk around in empty street. I need to investigate into that.