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It's difficult not to mistake loneliness for being alone when I'm on the late shift. Los Angeles at night can be stark and uninviting. While on the way home from an assignment, i passed a construction site on Sunset. The wet pavement and graphic walkway invited me to stop. Cold and wet, a small gift from heaven appeared in the form of a man walking with a bouquet of flowers. It reminded me that absence of light, doesn't mean absence of life.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Moments before and after big events can be more telling than the actual event. The empty Nokia Theater reflects a smoky calm before anxious Grammy nominees fill the seats for the pre-telecast. It's a reminder to me that what we often pass along as reality, is still only theater.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

I call this photo, "Buss Rising." A twist of inside basketball irony as an image of a jubilant Jerry Buss lights up an otherwise dark theater he was instrumental in building.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

There's always something interesting to photograph during a Lakers game. Depending on one's taste, that could range from A-list celebrities to glamorous Lakers girls. Kobe's confident, nearly smug expression pasted to a foam core sheet, held aloft by a dedicated fan, reflects our love of celebrity and how willing we are to blindly follow athletes and entertainers.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Finding real moments sometimes is more a trick of the camera than the eye of the photographer. As Oscar-winners parade in front of millions of television viewers, I was tasked with shooting it from the back of the theater, three floors up. Not a great location to make intimate pictures. Thanks to my positioning, though, this brief moment was captured, my favorite from the show. I don't know Claudio Miranda (cinematographer on "Life of Pi"), but he seems genuinely humbled and grateful for winning an Academy Award.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Call me an old fuddy-duddy (do people still say that?), but shooting concerts these days is not as exciting as it once was. Whereas once we might have seen Jimi Hendrix burn his guitar, or Pete Townshend swing his bloodied fingers over the guitar, now, we get guys standing at computers, pumping their fists right before the predictable drop in the beat. Big graphics and fireworks keep things visually interesting as the zeroes and ones converted to beats thrill thousands. This frame was a nice surprise for me.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Behind the spotlights, there are candid moments that convey a greater sense of sincerity. Seconds after winning his first Grammy, Gotye frontman Wouter "Wally" De Backer turns back toward the stage as his second one is announced. The slight highlight across his face reveals a genuine grin as the reflected light glows through Kimbra's gown.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Sometimes life imitates art. Jennifer Lawrence pauses to reflect while stumbling up the stairs to accept her Oscar for lead actress ("Silver Linings Playbook"). In that moment, she allowed all of us to feel her embarrassment during what was supposed to be one of the greatest moments of her professional life.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

I love it when people let all pretense go, and experience the moment. It's a great reward as a photojournalist to capture that joy. Skrillex and Sirah celebrate as they head to the podium at the 55th Grammy Awards pre-show at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Performance as art becomes memorable when the performer convinces his/her audience that what they're witnessing is real. I've photographed Jack White in concert many times. He always manages to draw me into his "art," and forces me to experience it on a purely emotional level. White throws his guitar and Buzzards drummer Daru Jones leaps from his seat as they finish performing "Freedom at 21," during the Grammys at Staples Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

It's commercial time during the Oscar's broadcast and Anne Hathaway is returning to her seat. Thanks to a long lens and the ability to shoot in near darkness, I found her simply enjoying the glow of a dream fulfilled after winning the Oscar for supporting actress ("Les Misérables").

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

This is theater — pure and simple. The adoring fans, the spotlights, Justin Timberlake's body language. It's still fun to look at. Timberlake performs "Pusher Love Girl" at the 55th Grammy Awards.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Who wouldn't want to high five Steven Spielberg? Spielberg congratulates Rick Carter as he walks to the stage to accept his Academy Award for art direction in "Lincoln." Looking on are Tommy Lee Jones and Daniel Day-Lewis.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

The night shift is nearly at an end and i'm trudging along a muddy field, chasing two kids in trash bags. I love this job! Translucent ponchos protect revelers from the elements on a rainy night at the Masquerade Motel concert at Los Angeles State Historic Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

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A photographer’s assignment gets edited down for the newspaper and online. Details and moments significant to the photographer often don’t make the cut. “Outtakes” presents a selection of those images. We welcome comments and discussion.

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