For all you Bukowski fans, I’m happy to report that things are pretty much the same on the stretch of Western Avenue between Hollywood Blvd. and Sunset Blvd. in L.A. Silver Birch shot this photo in early 2008 when Pamela “Cupcakes” Wood took me on a tour of her Bukowski haunts while she was working on her fabulous memoir Charles Bukowski’s Scarlet. While I felt a bit guilty snapping a photo of a homeless person, I saw beauty and dignity in this Madonna and wanted to capture her for posterity.

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