Tag: Los Angeles

Panoramas at the Velaslavasay Panorama

"Effulgence of the North," 360° panoramic mural by Sara Velas. Photo by Jim Newberry.

(click above image to launch interactive 360° view)


Here’s a panoramic portrait of Sara Velas, with her immersive composition, Effulgence of the North, at the wonderful Velaslavasay Panorama, of which Velas is the founder and artistic director (Velas painted the 360° backdrop, and collaborated with Asami Morita in creating the three dimensional terrain; accompanying audio was composed by Moritz Fehr). According to its website, the Velaslavasay Panorama (located just west of Downtown Los Angeles) is “an exhibition hall, theatre and garden dedicated to the production and presentation of unusual visual experiences, including those of the 360-degree variety.” Effulgence of the North was very recently dismantled to make way for a new installation, titled Shengjing Panorama. I saw a rendering of the project; it looks amazing.

Below is another interactive panoramic photograph I shot at the Velaslavasay Panorama. This installation will be on view at least through December, 2018. It’s called Nova Tuskhut, and here’s a description of it from creator Sara Velas:

The “Nova Tuskhut” is the only arctic trading post in the lower 48-states. It was unveiled in May 2014 as a companion installation to the lobby exhibit “Nancy Columbia and the Arctic Beyond”. Those two exhibits were created as part of the Velaslavasay Panorama Polar Year (V.P.P.Y.) of 2014 & 2015, in anticipation of the eventual hibernation of the “Effulgence of the North” arctic panorama. “Nova Tuskhut” was created by myself, Ruby Carlson and Rastra Contreras using found objects, salvaged wood siding and incandescent lighting. Occasionally, candles are used to illuminate the hut. The interior of the Nova Tuskhut is available for visitation during the Velaslavasy Panorama’s open hours. As most of the objects in the hut are not archival, visitors are invited to read, converse and nap within the hut.  Visitors are encouraged to look out the window where a tundra & arctic landscape with day-to-night lighting cycle is featured. There is one set of archival objects in the hut – the snowshoes of Samuel J. Entrikin (1862-1942) who was second-in-command during the 1893-95 Arctic expedition under Admiral Robert Peary to North Greenland.


Nova Tuskhut at the Velaslavasay Panorama. 360° photo by Jim Newberry.

(click above image to launch interactive 360° view)

LMU: Sacred Heart Chapel Virtual Tour

360° view of the Sacred Heart Chapel at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

I recently shot a virtual tour of Loyola Marymount University‘s Sacred Heart Chapel, for their site showcasing the beautiful stained glass there.
At the virtual tour website, each stained glass window is a hotspot you can click on to view detailed information about each one.

My 360° VR Photos In Los Angeles Magazine

L.A. Magazine blog feature on 360° VR photos shot in the Los Angeles area by Jim Newberry.


Several of my 360° VR photos shot in the Los Angeles/Socal area were recently featured in Los Angeles Magazine’s Culture blog. Thanks to Thomas Harlander for authoring the piece.

Ron Finley Garden

Ron Finley Garden, Los Angeles, California

Here’s a recent 360° panorama I shot at Ron Finley’s gardens in Los Angeles. Ron is an activist who encourages people to create gardens in their own communities, especially in lower-income urban neighborhoods. Check out his site for more about the inspiring, important work that he does.

Click the image above to view the garden interactively.

Highland Park/Mount Washington Panorama

Highland Park/Mount Washington panoramic photo by Jim Newberry.

Here’s a panorama I recently shot near the border of the Los Angeles neighborhoods Highland Park and Mount Washington–right across the street from Sycamore Grove Park.