Erica Between the Stars

Photography (and sometimes words) by Erica Farjo.

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.

Faced with the choice to leave Comic Con and go home a day early or to stay in San Diego to see GRIMES perform at a party Michael Bay was sponsoring that was being thrown on a military battleship docked somewhere near the convention center, I obviously stayed! I mean…I stayed! I stayed! 

 
When I got to the battleship it was sunset and there was a ring of halo-like light illuminating the edge of the battleship making it look and feel like I was actually an extra IN a Michael Bay movie.  
 
The ship looked about the size of 10,000 football fields (they also landed planes on this ship so it had a runway and multiple airplane museums onboard).
 
We got stuck in a crowd of many hundreds of people because the event was having tactical issues and starting late.  
 
While in the crowd outside the boat, I met some nice people. One was dressed as Captain Morgan, the guy on the rum bottles. I soon found out he was hired to be at the party. He had 3 half-naked women with him, they were wrapped in what looked like silk organza? Yes, I think so. They were lightly wrapped in all-white, silk organza, like sexy Halloween mummies more than pirates.
 
When we finally got onboard the ship, I ran straight up to Grimes. I was disappointed to find out she was DJing as opposed to playing her own music but she was great nonetheless.
 
When she finished I wandered around trying to imagine what it would have been like to live on that thing. To wake up on that behemoth of a vessel at sea….but…it was impossible to truly figure this out because they had smoke machines everywhere, strobe lights, and women in shorts and cut off football jerseys passing out glow-in-the-dark wristbands.
 
I only have this one photo of Grimes. I felt kind of shy standing right in front of her while she DJ’d. They didn’t have her on the stage, just on a platform near the stage and there were really only a small handful of people standing around her so I felt like a weird Paparazzi trying to take her picture. 
 
Most people onboard were enjoying the free mini sliders and hot dog buffet or taking their picture with the air force pilot mannequin they had onboard.
 
At one point, after the sun had set and the whole ship was lit up with stage lights and strings of Xmas lights, I heard a collective GASP! I looked around to see what was happening but didn’t see anything…until I looked up: people were parachuting into the party, landing on the airstrip. 
 
I was just waiting for someone to get married onboard. After that, there was nothing left.