Hollywood or Bust

Last week I had plans to meet up with a visiting friend to hike up Beachwood Canyon so she could see the Hollywood sign. Of course I've seen it a million times but I have never gone up to the top.

And I still haven't.

After trying to meet up with her and failing - I couldn't find them because I lost cell phone connection - I decided to drive up a private road and ended up getting this unexpected view of the sign. The closest I've ever been to it. 

To me, this photograph of the Hollywood sign represents the dreams of the thousands of hopefuls that arrive in Hollywood every year in hopes of 'making it' in the big time. The blue sky with puffy white clouds, the telecommunication tower and dishes, the sun shining on Hollywood, and even a private helicopter floating above. A postcard shot of a summer day in February. 

Here's the fantasy:


Prior to being up there, I had taken some other photos earlier in the day. When I downloaded and saw them all together I noticed the symbolic juxtaposition of the photo above and the photo below...it was as if I had planned to visualize the contrast.

I couldn't resist snapping this drive-by - okay, I was actually stopped at a red light - shot for the irony within the image itself, not realizing it would become the antithesis of the photograph above.

Here's the reality: 


 It's sad how many of the people who come to Hollywood with a dream only to end up living a nightmare. I wish good luck and hard work to all you in following your dreams.