Our office is working on an art installation, a project focusing on the various ways people perceive Los Angeles. We gave each person a disposable film camera with 27 exposures and asked everyone to take photos that best capture what Los Angeles means to them.
As we developed our photos, we realized that each person has a unique perception of the city shaped by their personal experiences, cultural background, the neighborhood they live in, and the amount of time they’ve called Los Angeles “home”. Some people captured images representing our city’s outdoor lifestyle, one afforded by the year around mild weather. Others photographed the local vegetation coloring our landscape. No surprise, the melting pot of food options available across the city was another popular subject matter. A variety of state license plates belonging to transplanted Angelenos and tourists alike, architecture shaped by LA’s car culture, small local business specific to various neighborhoods, and public art were other sources of civic inspiration that found their way recorded on our team’s film rolls.
This diverse album represents the many ways Angelenos experience their daily lives across Los Angeles, reflecting the values and interests that makes the city distinctly different from anywhere else. Each of these photos symbolize the influences that consciously and unconsciously influence our professional work while creating outdoor experiences that best serve the spirit and culture of Los Angeles.