Friday, June 29, 2007

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Steam Baths for Sale



This old sign for sale downtown still hasn't sold yet. What's with that, doesn't anybody in the sizzling desert want a steam bath sign in summer? I mean it's, like, only 112 here!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Star Filter



Here's the soccer park across the street from my house taken with a star filter (called a crosshair filter or cross screen filter).

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Palm Springs Horseback Riding

Riding in the horses in Palm Springs, 2002
One nice thing about Palm Springs is that you can go horseback riding in the city limits.

Horseback riding's great fun. At $50; it's pricy but well worth it to feel like John Wayne (if you're older) or a character in the new Quintin Tarantino movie (if you're younger) among a stunning desert setting. The horses can be rented from the Smoke Tree Stables.

I've taken the ride years ago as a reporter for the Desert Sun's One Tank Trip column, a newspaper feature that has been defunct for years.

The ride offers some great photo ops, which you can shoot right from on top of the horse while you are riding as this shot was.

At the time I didn't even use digital. That's why you see a bit of that lovely film grain, not to mention such saturated colors.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

A New Modern Home


This is one of the houses I photographed in the area, a "new" modern home so-to-speak, loosely based on the modern homes of the 50s.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Name that Star


Hey Daily Photo Bloggers, who is this woman? I thought maybe Kate Hepburn. At any rate, whoever it is, she was photographed in Palm Springs decades ago, probably the 1940s.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Harp Player


When you think of mariachi men in silver studded charro outfits with wide-brimmed hats playing violins, trumpets, and guitars might come to mind.

Guess these two guys aren't a mariachi band, but the harp sure is cool.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Macho, Macho Man


Here's the Village People. I went to the Solid Gold concert at Fantasy Springs casino last night.
There were a great many photo-ops from drag queens to disco divas (oh yes, and I snapped a great image of the giant disco ball that dropped down from the ceiling above the stage).

The Coachella Valley has three casinos...

The Spa Resort Casino in Palm Springs
Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage
Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio

The Spa and Fantasy Springs often have the great bands of yesteryear, and last night's Solid Gold
concert was no exception. Matter of fact, I wrote article about the show to preview it in the newspaper.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Palm Springs Artist--Me



This sign is only one of a few left in the area. Palm Desert is about 10 miles from here.

Okay, then, so I'm an artist. This is what I do. Strange isn't it? I take pictures of neon signs then saturate the colors in Photoshop. Then I make very detailed prints of them and sell at stores in Southern California.

I have about 5000 images of signs from all around the world.

If you want you can email me at matthewbam@aol.com to buy one. They come framed (in silver metal frames, acid free mats, also). The picture (printed out at 10.75" X 14.75"), with frame, is a little less than 16" X 20" inches. The price of print and frame is $195, including shipping anywhere in the U.S.

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Stayin' Right in Da Middle of Downtown


That's right here's some balconies that overlook Palm Springs' main drag, Palm Canyon Drive.

The hotel is the Hyatt Regency and it's probably the best located hotel (in terms of being close to all the club action) in the city.

My guess is that this building was constructed in the 80s as I can imagine Cindy Lauper (or even a young Madonna) hanging from the balcony in this picture.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Frank and Barbara Get Married


Frank Sinatra married Barbara Marx in Palm Springs in 1976.

This is a photo of a photo, one of many of the Sinatra family hanging in places around town.

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Up Mount San Jacinto


This is an aerial view of the Coachella Valley looking southeast from near the top of Mount San Jacinto.

Palm Springs is located in the part of the valley that's on the bottom left of your screen.

Anyone who pays around $30 can see the valley from this perspective by riding on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, or the "tram."