Erica Between the Stars

Photography (and sometimes words) by Erica Farjo.

The glamour of filmmaking!

They have taken over an abandoned former banquet hall the size of 2 Costco’s to build the sets for this show. The bottom level is all cement floors and stripped walls with exposed electrical wires and missing water fountains and the top floor is office space.  It works!  

It’s actually not bad at all compared to makeshift studio locations of past jobs. Like last year when we built sets in a Puerto Rican airport hangar that sat on a closed (I think) runway in the middle of a jungle. Or the time when we built an Alaskan, snow-covered town covered inside a barn in New Zealand. The snow was salt crystals and to get on and off of that set you had to sort of scale these ramps that were perched on sharply graded drops to the ground-floor. An entire crew of people were constantly JUMPING onto set, putting salt crystals into the air, which got into your lungs, eyes, ears for about 15 hours a day. 

When these things are happening they always seem normal after the first minute or two…then you look back.  

I think that’s also known as Stockholm Syndrome!

METZ at The Roxy in Hollywood. They are relentless live.

Jul 8, 2014

I loved that this girl had her hair up in a beehive so I asked if I could take her picture and she said yes.  She told me her name was “Dorey” and honestly, I just had to look up that spelling because I have never met a person named Dorey. What a great name!

I loved that this girl had her hair up in a beehive so I asked if I could take her picture and she said yes.  She told me her name was “Dorey” and honestly, I just had to look up that spelling because I have never met a person named Dorey. What a great name!

Atlanta has a lot of empty lots, abandoned structures and double-decker porches.

I’ve been in Atlanta for about 48 hours now.  I still get extremely excited when I get to experience a new place so I have been pretty excited for most of that. Now I am just hot.

Things are very spread out here and I did not expect that. I can’t figure out what neighborhood I am in. Ever. 

Also, everything is green. I had no idea there would be be this many trees and the parks seem to be as dense as forests.  There are entryways to houses that are completely overgrown with long, leafy vines, doorways that look straight off of the cover of a pulp sci-fi paperback. I touched some of this alien foliage to try and see where it started and stopped and now I have itchy palms.

I have decided I should not really touch anything while I am living in Georgia.

I have never been in the South before.  There are a lot of churches. A lot of buildings that are in disrepair and covered in graffiti. I like the clouds. Big, fluffy humidity clouds that turn into animal shapes (and boots, I keep seeing boot-shaped clouds).

I am a bit of a deer in headlights right now - a pretty dangerous thing to be here by the looks of it. 

And of course, I keep thinking about Flannery O’Connor. 

“The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.” 

Tigers of all kinds

I ate lunch in my car outside of the Beachwood Market today.  This was the view.
That market is my favorite in all of LA.  They make a weird but delicious deli case salad which contains broccoli florets, vegan bacon bits, sunflower seeds and raisins. I think that recipe was passed down from Father Yod back in The Source days. 
I often miss living up in those hills but if there is such a thing as a haunted place, this particular area in Beachwood will always get my vote.

I ate lunch in my car outside of the Beachwood Market today.  This was the view.

That market is my favorite in all of LA.  They make a weird but delicious deli case salad which contains broccoli florets, vegan bacon bits, sunflower seeds and raisins. I think that recipe was passed down from Father Yod back in The Source days. 

I often miss living up in those hills but if there is such a thing as a haunted place, this particular area in Beachwood will always get my vote.

Yesterday’s sunset over Los Angeles looked like it had been hand painted. It was different shades of pink and orange. I drove to the roof of a parking garage to take pictures before it was gone.

After this, it rained. We never get Summer rain here, so it was sort of like seeing a unicorn.

Sometimes I take pictures of other people’s wiener dogs.
This guy was just walking along Cannon Beach in Oregon when I spotted him and took his picture. This was shot with my Nikon F3, grainy film stock, probably too fast for the daylight so lots of grain here. Grain is good for you. Don’t believe the haters.

Sometimes I take pictures of other people’s wiener dogs.

This guy was just walking along Cannon Beach in Oregon when I spotted him and took his picture. This was shot with my Nikon F3, grainy film stock, probably too fast for the daylight so lots of grain here. Grain is good for you. Don’t believe the haters.

Photos of beautiful things, only slightly altered.