Every Building On The Sunset Strip--And Then Some

When I saw Amazon's A9 Local yellow pages feature, the first thing I thought of was Ed Ruscha's 1966 artist book, Every Building on The Sunset Strip. It was the first Ruscha book I bought, and it makes me laugh to remember how I thought I paid too much for it way back when (it's easily 10 times as expensive now).

Anyway, using Mikel Maron's A9 whole-street-grabbing script, I tried all through that weekend to re-create Ruscha's Sunset Strip. The result was a lot of technical annoyance.

First, starting from a given address, Maron's script grabs an entire street--a damn big proposition in the case of Sunset Blvd. (Technically, The Strip itself is only a fragment, the section from Doheny to Crescent Heights, from Gil's Liquors to the Virgin Megastore.)

Trying to save the giant series created some odd results: one seemingly random image would intersperse itself all the way along. After trying to edit this one out, the resulting series were suddenly non-continuous. Something odd was happening when I saved the series and then reconstituted it.

I hadn't yet cropped the image series at the appropriate intersections, so I didn't get to try knitting them together into two long panoramas. Actually, I found the A9 images' redundancy kind of nice; the periodic picture-taking indirectly revealed the (non)movement of the traffic along the Strip.

Anyway, then I saw Jason pointing to Eric Etheridge's discussion of Every Building, and I think, better to throw this out to the lazyweb and see if someone can tell me how to figure this out, or just do it and make their own selves net-famous.

Since 2001 here at greg.org, I've been blogging about the creative process—my own and those of people who interest me. That mostly involves filmmaking, art, writing, research, and the making thereof.

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