Walking in L.A. 

Commissioned by the UCLA School of Public Affairs  /  2014  /  Inkjet prints, acrylic, and epoxy resin on wood

Los Angeles is a city of lights and color, haze and endless skies, underneath which lies a tapestry of unique communities. Walking in L.A. is a representation of these diverse cultures and personalities.

The series explores the vast notion of what it means to live in Los Angeles, through intimate vignettes spanning citywide. The photographs, mounted on wood panels and coated with epoxy resin, weave together the various palettes of the city’s distinct neighborhoods and characteristics.

Along this tour, stops are made at various corners of Los Angeles. From green tea donuts in Little Tokyo to kosher burritos on Pico’s Kosher Corrido, the “Wall of Food” demonstrates the depth of cuisine options available, crossing cultural boundaries.

Featuring four large-scale murals, Walking in L.A. celebrates the lifting of an eleven year ban on murals that has given life to a slew of new public artworks throughout the city. Additional sites include the historic Hotel Rosslyn downtown and the 6th Street viaduct. Once the largest hotel on the west coast, Hotel Rosslyn is currently being converted into apartments for the homeless and persons with mental illness. A few miles east, the erosion of the iconic 6th Street viaduct has forced the city to begin its demolition by years end.

As the face of L.A. continues to evolve at a relentless pace, so do the people who live here, all the while creating new stories to define it.