I had the chance through my fiance, Geoff, who is also a photographer, to shoot in the Jim Morrison room at the Alta Cienega motel in Los Angeles. He apparently lived there for a number of years, and the room had become something of a mecca for The Doors fans, who all add something to the graffitied walls and ceiling.
The motel itself looks pretty questionable, were it not for it’s historic significance. I felt sure I would get bedbugs from sitting on the bed, and possibly even just walking on the carpet, and I wanted to go home and shower as soon as I stepped foot inside. But, oh, the things I will do for art, so I pressed on.
Some detail shots of the graffiti in the room:
This one makes me sad 😦
Geoff wanted a photo of this one (although it’s not like I didn’t):
Geoff apparently wrote this one when he was there the night before with his model 🙂
And this is the one we contributed to the room:
I shot a few self-portraits, with Geoff acting as my human tripod:
Yes, this really is on the ceiling of the room 🙂
My tribute to Jim’s famous photo:
Playing with the claustrophobic feeling of the room:
And this last one I can’t truly call a self portrait, because what sells it is Geoff’s camera work, which I did not direct him to do. But I think it’s safe to call a happy collaboration 🙂
All in all, it was a really fun shoot in a crazy room with strange history. Then Geoff and I got brunch at Bob’s Big Boy, so it was a pretty darn good morning. And then I showered. Oh, how hard I showered.