Monday, October 24, 2011


Thank you for reading and following the fotonomous blog. I've decided I no longer want to keep a personal blog going because my photos and postings have migrated to Facebook, making this blog unnecessary. When I started this blog, I was just doing photography for fun, but after a lot of hard work and time getting my feet wet, it's now become a career.

My main passion is photographing pets (specifically dogs) - so this summer I launched Zen Pet Pix. You can follow my photos on my website and at Zen Pet Pix on Facebook.

My general photography work - headshots, portraits, event, and everything in between - is Lydia Marcus Photography and you can follow me at Lydia Marcus Photography on Facebook too.

If you're in the Los Angeles or San Fernando Valley areas, please consider hiring me for your photography needs.

Thank you for this time together and I hope you keep up with me on my photography websites and Facebook pages where I put new content up several times a week and often daily!

- Lydia Marcus :-)

Lydia & Cali having fun in Malibu, CA

Monday, July 4, 2011


Stars&Stripes&Cali-1, originally uploaded by fotonomous.

Cali July 4th, 2011
© Lydia Marcus Photography


Coco Puffz at the Best Friends Los Angeles Independence Paw'rade.
July 2, 2011 Studio City, CA

© Lydia Marcus Photography

For a full set of photos from the Paw'rade go to Lydia Marcus Photography on Facebook.

Monday, June 13, 2011

L.A. PRIDE 2011

Cali & the WEHO Cheerleaders

I've been going to L.A. PRIDE for 25 years (since I was 16) but this was the first time I ever walked in the parade. A friend who works for NBCUniversal invited me and my doggy Cali to walk with the OUT@NBCUniveral group. It was very exhilarating and fun and the adrenaline pumped me up for the whole day! - Lydia Marcus

Here are my favorite photos from PRIDE:

Cali & Lucille Ball impersonator

Cali is full of PRIDE. Posing in front of an old MTA bus

Me & Cali

Me & Cali walking in the parade


With all the noise, people, moving vehicles, and general mania, Cali kept looking back and checking that I was still behind her.

Olympian Johnny Weir strikes a pose. He was the parade's Grand Marshal

Madame Tussaud's had a float with wax figures of Lady Gaga and Jane Lynch. From a distance I saw Jane and thought she was actually in the parade. The likeness is uncanny.



Gay Angels
Heaven is missing two gay angels. :-)

God Loves Fags
Love these t-shirts! Take that Fred Phelps!

The WEHO Cheerleaders show their spirit!




The focus isn't perfect, but I like the moment - WEHO Sheriffs in front of the Pride festival entrance.


Tons of attendance at the Parade. A view of the crowd

The BRAVO TV contingent: Jenni Pulos, Andy Cohen, Zoila, and Jeff Lewis.



Madison Hildebrand from Million Dollar Listing

OUT@NBCU workers dancing on the route. It was so much fun walking alongside these guys and gals because they really got the crowd pumped up.


L.A. Pride
June 12, 2011, West Hollywood CA
© Lydia Marcus Photography
Nikon D5100 / Nikon 35mm f/1.8 G

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


Last year I was contacted by a man who told me he left the Mormon church after seeing my photo of the No On Prop 8 protests. He wanted to know if he could have permission to use the photo in his book. Well today I received my copy of the book. Here's a scan of the book cover and the page with my photo. I'm very proud that my photo could change someone's mind about gay equal rights and the religious doctrine he'd been force fed in the Mormon Church. - Lydia Marcus

Here's an excerpt from the book that explains the importance of my photo.

"Thou Shalt Question" by M.J. Prometheus

"During the Proposition 8 furor I ran across a photo online of a protestor holding a sign in favor of gay rights. My very first thought was, "Silly gay person! It's not the same at all!" Then my brain, subversive little blob of gray matter that it is, quietly whispered, "How is it not the same?" I told my brain to keep it's ridiculous thoughts to itself, but it refused. My biases demanded I beat my inquisitive mind into submission and I spent months diligently seeking an answer to its question. I could find no satisfying solution. My gay friend Todd was still alive at the time. My younger brother had just recently come out to his family members and friends. I decided to take a challenge similar to the one I offered my readers near the end of the previous chapter: I asked myself what would it feel like to walk up to Todd or my brother and tell them to their face that I knew their homosexuality was an abomination and that they did not deserve the same rights I did. Just the thought of saying such a thing to the people I cared about left me feeling very cold indeed. After that little mental role-play I made my decision: I could no longer be a member of the church."

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


CHI-CHI, originally uploaded by fotonomous.

© Lydia Marcus Photography

Nikon D80 / Nikon 85mm f/1.4

Tuesday, April 5, 2011







Athena and Aries are 2 year old Pugs from the same litter.

© Lydia Marcus 2011 /
Lydia Marcus Photography
Nikon D40 / Nikon 35mm f/1.8

Lydia Marcus is available for dog and pet photography in the Los Angeles and San Fernando valley area. Please check out her website for a full gallery of pet images and for pricing information.

Saturday, March 19, 2011


Sassafras, originally uploaded by fotonomous.

Sassafras at the Beach
March 19, 2011
Santa Monica, CA
© Lydia Marcus 2011 /
Nikon D40 / Nikon 35mm f/1.8

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


March 9, 2011
© Lydia Marcus 2011 /

Monday, February 14, 2011



© Lydia Marcus 2011 /

Photographed with a Nikon D7000/Nikon 50mm f/1.8

Friday, February 11, 2011


My latest Blurb book is available for purchase. Enjoy 40 pages of dogs in costume and haute couture! Premium luster paper, $19.99.

Friday, December 17, 2010



At the end of summer 2009 I received an extraordinary email - LACMA (the Los Angeles County Museum of Art) wanted to use one of my photographs on a tote bag they would sell in their gift shops and online store. The photo was an image that I had taken of Urban Light - Chris Burden's sculpture of 202 restored antique cast iron Los Angeles street lights from the 1920's and 1930's.

Although Urban Light was only installed at LACMA recently (2008), it instantly became an iconic site in our great City of Angels. Day or night, drive by LACMA and you are likely to see people strolling between the lamps and taking photos of themselves amidst the lights. It is literally one of the most photographed things in Los Angeles.

LACMA found my shot among thousands of other Urban Light photos seen in Google images. When they asked if they could use my photo, to say I was floored is putting it mildly.

I grew up at LACMA and the La Brea Tarpits. LACMA is truly nostalgic and meaningful ground to me. Some of my favorite childhood memories were spent walking the grounds with my Aunt Lisa and Uncle Fritz, eating lunch at the cafeteria, tiptoeing across rocks in the meandering stream that cuts through the park, and climbing on the giant bear and sloth statues. Then as a 16 year old high schooler learning to use an SLR in Beginning Photography, LACMA became my muse as I took my first artistic shots of the architecture and galleries using a hand-me-down Canon AE-1 Program.

I may never have work hanging in the galleries of LACMA (it's not even something I aspire to), but to have my work sold there and represent Urban Light is a thrill.

My parents were longtime members of LACMA and I have been too. That the sales of my tote bag benefit the museum in any small way gives me great pleasure.

Nearly a year after first contacting me, the tote bag began selling in the gift shops. And this week, it's finally for sale in their updated online store. So after much anticipation and excitement, my tote bag "baby" is finally out in the world and I can share this great news.

And LACMA has created a special promo coupon code for me!

Use the coupon code LYDIA10 until January 5, 2011 to receive a 10% discount when purchasing the Urban Light tote bag from the LACMA online store.

LACMA members get their 10% discount in addition to this coupon if they enter their membership number in the comment box on the order form. The membership discount will not show up on the order - but LACMA applies it when they finalize the sale.

Me posing in front of Urban Light with my tote bag.

A screen grab of the tote bag on the LACMA website.

Here's the write up from the LACMA online store.

Urban Light Tote Bag

Member Price $25.20

This great tote is supersized to hold everything you could possibly want, including a lap top. The image on the front of the bag is a detail of the sculpture Urban Light, by Chris Burden, which can be seen in front of LACMA's entrance on Wilshire Boulevard. It has quickly become a must-see destination in Los Angeles.

We asked local photographer Lydia Marcus for permission to use her great image once we spotted it on the web. Marcus is a proud native Los Angeleno and self-proclaimed unapologetic Valley girl whose photographs have appeared in JPG Magazine, Light Leaks, and AOL City Guide Los Angeles. She uses antique Polaroid cameras and contemporary digital formats to capture L.A.'s car culture and vintage neon signage.

Bag is approximately 18 3/4 square with photo on front and solid black back

- Interior zipper pocket approximately 6 1/4 inches square
- Water resistant coating inside
- Sturdy 1 1/2 inch strap expands in length from approximately 28 1/2 inchs to approximately 54 inches
- Imported exclusively for LACMA

SKU #11896

My original photo of Urban Light that started it all.
Urban Light

Another shot of me at Urban Light.
Me & Urban Light at BCAM/LACMA

Information about Urban Light from LACMA.

Chris Burden
Urban Light, 2008
Sculpture, (Two-hundred and two) restored cast iron antique street lamps

This forest of city street lights, called “Urban Light” was created by artist Chris Burden. Despite initial appearances, the arrangement is not a perfect grid. Depending on where the viewer stands, the lamps arrange themselves in different angles and arrays.

These 202 cast iron lamps once lit the streets of Los Angeles. Burden bought one at the Rose Bowl flea market, and soon collecting and restoring street lights became an obsession. He painted them all the same neutral gray, in order to draw the eye to all the different varieties of cast iron decoration.

Burden says that street lamps like these were symbols of a civilized and sophisticated city—safe after dark and beautiful to behold. The lights all still work, and they are now powered by solar energy. They are switched on every night at dusk, until 10pm. At night, Burden says his sculpture becomes transformed into “a building with a roof of light.”

Interview with Chris Burden from L.A. Times.

A glow in the dark
Chris Burden's collection of restored lamps will put LACMA in 'Urban Light.'

January 30, 2008|Susan Freudenheim

I've been driving by these buildings for 40 years, and it's always bugged me how this institution turned its back on the city," Chris Burden said the other day as he sat in a new public plaza facing Wilshire Boulevard at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Linking the soon-to-open Broad Contemporary Art Museum and the museum's original campus, this plaza is taking shape as the setting for Burden's largest sculpture to date, "Urban Light," an installation of 202 restored and fully operational vintage streetlights.

Wilshire is one of the main thoroughfares of the city, but LACMA's multiple tall, imposing and mostly unadorned facades have done little to address the endless stream of traffic that flows by, Burden noted. There's nothing like the grand Beaux Arts entry staircase that serves as a meeting place and a lure for visitors to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. "What faces Wilshire," Burden said, "hasn't been very inviting."

The opening of the BCAM, designed by Renzo Piano to hold contemporary art, will mark a new beginning for the 42-year-old museum, and Burden, 61, hopes that his monumental installation of 1920s and '30s-era lamps will become both a city landmark and a more fitting entryway to the sprawling campus. Nearly all of Burden's cast-iron lamps once lighted the streets of this region, and their variety in a very literal way represents distinct styles that distinguish different neighborhoods -- present and past. Arranged so the visitor can walk among the fixtures, "Urban Light" is a nod, Burden said, to what a museum should be: "It sounds kind of corny, but when you walk through the lamps into the museum, it's like a pathway to enlightenment. It's symbolic."

Arranged in strict formation, with the tallest standing about 30 feet in the center at the back, flanked by others of various heights and forms, with the smallest standing about 20 feet tall, the lamps look like a platoon of soldiers ready to march. All their parts are original, collected by Burden over seven years. The bases display elaborate floral and geometric patterns, and the fluted shafts and glass globes that cap them have been meticulously cleaned, painted and refurbished to create an exuberant glow.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


John Lennon: New York City

It's hard to believe, but it's been 30 years since John Lennon was murdered. I'm now the age Lennon was when he died - 40 years old.

While most fans that mourned Lennon at the time were in their 30's and 40's, I mourned alongside them as a 10 year old in elementary school. At my school we had a pretty amazing music program and we were exposed to the Beatles music and history. My connection to the Beatles in 1980 was just as strong as any kid growing up in the Sixties. The whole school was just obsessed with their music. We were all excited that Lennon's new album Double Fantasy was about to be released and had already begun hearing the first single "Just Like Starting Over" on the local AM radio.

Sharing the Doublemint

Lennon was the first celebrity figure assassinated during my young lifetime. Attempts on the lives of President Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II soon followed. All these events are seared into my memory and kind of co-exist in the same shocked place.

My appreciation of Lennon has only grown and matured over the years. I realize more and more the musical and personally political legacy that was ended way too soon.

John Lennon, Statue of Liberty, New York, 1974 Photograph by Bob Gruen.

One of the best documentaries I've ever seen on Lennon is the new film LENNONYC, airing on American Masters on PBS. Fortunately the entire film is streaming on PBS.ORG. The use of audio from behind the scenes of the Double Fantasy recording sessions was particularly insightful to me. The film's main page on the PBS website also has lots of extras and outtakes.

For Lennon and Polaroid lovers I also recommend checking out May Pang's book Instamatic Karma.

And Photographer Bob Gruen (who photographed Lennon in the iconic New York City t-shirt) has an extensive archive viewable on his website. He also has a great book John Lennon: The New York Years.

Early Years

I'll never forget you John.

- Lydia Marcus 12/8/2010

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

FOR SALE: 18-105mm VR, NIKON 18-70mm

Nikon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

This is the kit lens that came with my Nikon D7000. It's completely new and unused. Comes with original box, documentation, lens hood, and soft carrying pouch. I will even give you a copy of the receipt for warranty purposes.

I already have a 18-200mm VR lens so this is just overlap for me and I don't need it.

This lens retails for between $349-369 on Amazon, B&H and Adorama. Full specs on Nikon site:

I would consider trading for Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX plus $50 cash.

Monday, December 6, 2010


BLURB has free shipping thru 12/10. Use the code FESTIVE. Now's a GREAT time to buy my book Traveling The Mother Road, Route 66 POLAROIDS.

The book is softcover, 80 pages, premium luster paper, and sells for $22.95. All the photos were shot with a Polaroid SLR 680 SE / Polaroid 600 film along historic Route 66 in California and Arizona. See classic cars & trucks, neon, road signs, wild burros & even kitsch aliens.

Check out the preview:

Sunday, December 5, 2010





Coco (aka Coconut) is a Bichon Frise / Poodle mix.

Rolly & Coco
Photographed November 2010 in Chicago, Illinois
Nikon D80 / Nikon 50mm f/1.8
© Lydia Marcus 2010 /