Gothically Beverly: Underbelly of The Hills

29 Aug


Gothic Bev THE SIGNGlorious weather, gorgeous youth (real or not), and gargantuan wealth.That’s what most Americans think of 90210, yes?

Mike's wedding fire and pool

Beverly Hills  has all that of course, but I’m continually struck by an elusive something dark  just around the corner of  Sunshiny Happyland. Something not happy or sunshiny or youthful. An element of… not evil (everybody knows that’s here!) exactly, but a strain of the Gothic. Something Mary Shelley would appreciate.

gothic car under wrapsAll the cars under wraps, for starters. A body-bagg-y thing.

And,  the preponderance of spikes:

Gothic Beverly ashy spikesThey’re everywhere.

Gothic Beverly spikesAs if this were not  just the land of the rich and beautiful, but also where the Munsters live.

Gothic Beverly  black spikes

And then the ubiquitous pruning style:

Trees Gothicly

Ed Gorey meets Ed Scissorhands! But despite a heavy-handed human approach, nature here will never be completely managed.

gothic tree roots

These roots speak to me of an underbelly in the Hills, a submerged thirst for the perverse and uncontrolled. It’s in the air too:

Gothically Beverly

And down certain streets:

gothis sidewalkAnd certain alleys:Toilets Gothicly

Ok, maybe I got carried away one day channeling Shelley, Gorey, Ken Russell, and David Lynch (and a little Faulkner). But check out this lawn and tell me you don’t feel the dark, stark, and eerie isolation of  the Hills:

gothic statue of liberty lawn

Told ya! What’s goin’ on in 90210?


Nothin’ to worry about. The Wives (and the Juice Lady) have it under control. It’s all healthy, wealthy, and wise here…IMG_0472

Most Days.

I bite Nicolle

Come vist, Dear Reader!

Happy Shiny Sunnyland awaits you!

IMG_0030(8) Everything is as it appears.




















8 Responses to “Gothically Beverly: Underbelly of The Hills”

  1. Nick D'Alleva August 29, 2014 at 8:20 am #

    I want more. You give me a touch and get a tingle going. I get the idea. You feel some creepy stuff lurking. I think I want more interaction than just feelings. Then again, you are not on an assignment. Damn, those statue lawn pieces are creepy. Nice piece, thanks


  2. carol le seure August 29, 2014 at 2:27 pm #

    really quite lovely.


  3. nic August 29, 2014 at 4:37 pm #

    Fun read! This piece is so you….sunny on the outside, a little vampire-esq on the inside! Awesome pics!!


    • kwasson2012 August 29, 2014 at 4:51 pm #

      Vampire-esque, Me? Of what you speak I know not.


  4. reciperenovator August 29, 2014 at 9:04 pm #

    Yes, more. But can you make your pix bigger? I can hardly see them and I want to see them!

    Liked by 1 person

    • kwasson2012 August 29, 2014 at 9:19 pm #

      Thank you! Does anyone know how to make my photos bigger?


  5. robinbot August 30, 2014 at 12:26 am #

    well maybe I can cross Beverly Hills off my list of places to visit before I die.


    • kwasson2012 August 30, 2014 at 5:08 am #

      Sorry you feel that way. I would love to have you come visit, Robin.


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