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A man poses for a portrait during a "Roaring '20's" party at The Varnish in downtown L.A.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: George Sifuentes

The sunrise, as seen from Griffith Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Nancy Dushkin

A hat and newspaper hold a spot on a bench.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay Thornton

Santa Monica Pier and beachgoers are framed by a traveling ring in a beach workout area.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Skylar Aud

A couple shares an intimate moment in downtown L.A.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Alveraz Ricardez

A colorful display at the Apple store in the Americana at Brand.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sergey Sus

The photographer's dog, Dodger, gazes out at the open road while hiking the Stunt High Trail in Malibu.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Amanda Ramon

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Reader photos: Best of Southern California moments for September 2013

Pictures in the News | Aug. 28, 2012

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Reader photos: Best of Southern California moments for September 2013

Whenever I go through a month’s photos, I look for themes. Something that draws the images together, something that seems to fit. This month, the word that popped into my head was noir. Not just because of George Sifuentes’ portrait of a fedora-wearing, pipe-smoking patron at downtown L.A.’s speakeasy the Varnish, though it makes an excellent start to the set.

There’s also Jay Thornton’s image of a hat and some papers on a bench, which lend an air of mystery. Where is the person they belong to? What is that booklet with a pen on it? Is the owner coming back? Alveraz Ricardez’s image of a couple staring at each other in front of a shuttered storefront in downtown L.A. rounds out our noir trio.

With its art-deco finishings and dramatic lighting, and a penchant for rehashing its glory days in the 1920s and 1930s, downtown L.A. at night is a great place to make noir-style images.  It’s actually one of my personal favorites.

This month is a really tight, strong set, but my other “don’t miss” photo is Amanda Ramon’s image of her dog, Dodger, staring out at the open road while hiking the Stunt High Trail in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Feel like there’s a photo I left out, or something that doesn’t belong in the set? Let me know in the comments. See you next month.

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