Company Town

When I was a teenager, part of my job at the public library was to organize and maintain order with the daily newspapers. My interpretation of that task also involved reading all of them. That meant 6 days per week I read The Alton Telegraph, both St. Louis dailies, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and the New York Times.

My absolute favorite was The Los Angeles Times.

The weekly Calendar section listed film releases and club dates for up and coming bands. Their business section reported mostly on the economics of film and music, with barely a mention of the Dow or S&P. Reading this news made me feel like an insider. I learned things that stick with me today, some of it unconsciously.

One day I was jolted awake in a high school class when the topic turned to the lives of miners who lived in a company town.

Up until that moment, I never knew why the LA Times named their entertainment industry news section “Company Town.” At that moment of understanding I knew that I wanted to be part of it in my own way.

Now when I work in Los Angeles there’s a part of me that knows that one of my youthful dreams has come true.

My brief session in Studio City this morning is the thinnest of slices of the Company Town pie.

The small portion doesn’t diminish the taste.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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