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All photographs taken by Kenneth A. Larson. All rights reserved. © 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004.

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Photographer Kenneth A. Larson (AKA Ken Larson) describes his passion for photography.

I consider myself to be a serious amateur photographer. Often people see me with all my equipment and ask if I am a professional, but I simply tell them that I am just an amateur. When I visit my sister in New York, she tells me, ďYou look like a tourist.Ē The funny fact is, I look like a tourist at home.

I bought my first real camera in 1976. I needed a camera for a design class that I was taking at Cal Poly, Pomona. It was a simple 35 mm Canon with one fixed lens and few manual controls. About two years later, I realized that I needed something better. I bought a Chinon with three lens and manual overrides. When the Canon finally died, I bought a Nikon pocket camera, again a simple automatic camera with built in flash which I could use more casually. These were my two primary cameras for about a decade - in fact, the Nikon lasted for two decades.

When the Chinon died in the late 1980s, I bought the first of two matching Contax cameras with four lens and good manual overrides. Most of the older photos in this Photo Gallery were taken with these two Contax cameras.

About 1989, I bought a Photo Realist 3D camera. I donít mean it as a pun when I say this adds a new dimension to photography. These slides need to be mounted by myself. I do not include them here as my slide scanner canít handle these unusual mounts and I donít wish to remount them. Besides, you would have to place your nose on your monitor and cross your eyes to view them.

In 2002, the Nikon began to develop problems so I replaced it with another pocket camera, a Canon. In August, 2004 I replace this with a digital camera , givng the pocket camera to my wife to replace her Advantix.

The first two Contax cameras were getting old and I was starting to spend too mcuh money on repairs, so in 2003 I bought a new Contax body which uses all the old lenses and accessories.

In August, 2004 I bought my first Digital Camera, a Canon SLR with 6.3 megapixels. It is a nice starter digital, but the resolution is still less than my film cameras with the slide scanner, so I hope to upgrade in a year or two.

On March 6, 2005, my beloved irreplaceable Stereo Realist 3.5 camera (with a cracked lens cap and broken front shutter speed bakelite assembly, and slides on Amboy Crater inside), my Contax 125 mm lens, my Tamron 60-300 zoom lens, and all my Realist and Contax accessories were stolen from my car in a parking lot in Ranch Cucamonga, California. The worst is the thief will probably throw the Realist away not knowing this old camera was the most valuable item stolen. Anyone knowing their whereabouts. Please contact me.

I still use two cameras regularly, the Contax camera and the digital camera.

My slide collection numbers approximately 40,000 slides, most are not family snap shots. I will continue to add new and old slides to this gallery, but it's slow going, so donít expect to see all of them soon.

The Collection of photographs by Kenneth A. Larson (AKA Ken Larson)

These pages include a variety of photographs by Kenneth A. Larson. Ken Larson has a large slide library including approximately 40,000 slides, photos of scenery, buildings, museums and historic sites, theme parks, facilities, railroad, and almost anything that can serve as research in his career of Set Design. Most of these images are available for sale. Ken also has images from his motion picture career, most of these are not for sale. Ken is currently compiling a web site for the California Missions. These mission photos are generally not for sale as Ken hopes to write his own book on the missions, but he might sell an individual image. Geographically, these photos by Ken Larson center around Los Angeles and radiate outward to include the rest of Southern California, the Southwest, and then decreasingly, the rest of the United States. Both the slide collection and the number of scanned images is increasing and as this happens, this web site will increase.


Fourth of July Sky Diving
No, that's not me.
Bungee Jumping
No, that's not me either.

Los Angeles
Mosaic of Los Angeles from the Griffith Park Observatory, 1-9-02.

Ghost Shot

Will Rogers State Park
Will Rogers State Park.
Mushroom Mushroom.
This was grown on one of my parents' lemon trees.
Apple BLossom
Apple Blossom.
Ant Hill
Ostridges do not really hide thier heads in the sand.
Sunrise Sunset
Goldfish Goldfish
This 9 inch gold fish died and I burried it in the yard. A few day later, I noticed that it had been dug up. A few minutes later, I discovered it in a tree.
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I hope that you find this web site helpful. It started as alight-hearted alternative to my portfolio site, and then grew. This web site is for your benefit and enjoyment and I make no profit on it. For ten years it has been supported primarily from my regular paycheck as a Set Designer and there haven't been many the last few years. I can no longer run it without help. Alternative funding is needed. Only recently I tried advertising as a way to balance the budget, but it still doesn't cover the costs. A non-tax deductable donation helps cover the cost of operating this web site and may be made to Kesign Design Consulting through PayPal.

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