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All Photos: Calvin Abe

All Photos: Calvin Abe

Metaphorically speaking, our country has clouds overhead. We, as a nation, are facing  an existential dilemma on many fronts, including environmental challenges, political choices, demographic shifts, social justice concerns, and economic sustainability. One doesn’t need a crystal ball to see how our lives will be impacted by the choices we make as a country.

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As I get older I have the distinct advantage of seeing how the past has impacted our daily lives today. Let’s hope our country will ultimately see an enlightened view of the world and its citizens.

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A few weeks ago I wrote about our office’s ongoing photographic exploration of Los Angeles. My own photographic adventure began when I thought about what defined my own definition of Los Angeles: the numerous small businesses that in sum make up the architectural landscape of our city. Angelenos experience and share their culture through the foods, goods, and services offered at these endless number of neighborhood stores and restaurants.

During my assignment I walked through different neighborhoods documenting with my disposable camera the various storefronts that make each neighborhood unique. I witnessed local residents gathering to buy fruit at the neighborhood store, picking up their daily newspaper or a fresh chicken for the evening’s dinner, observing the everyday activities of a community. At the heart of each area, these small business proved integral in creating walkable neighborhoods, helping establish a deep sense of community among their local residents – an essential component in a city as sprawling, expansive, and culturally diverse as Los Angeles.

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"Lake Recession" Lake Tahoe, Nevada May 17, 2015 Photo by Calvin Abe

“Lake Recession” – Lake Tahoe, NevadaMay 17, 2015.  Photo by Calvin Abe.

With El Niño now gone, Californians now move onto the strong possibility of a La Niña – “the positive phase of the El Niño Southern Oscillation and is associated with cooler than average sea surface temperatures in the central and eastern tropical Pacific Ocean” – a weather system which will likely exacerbate drought conditions as temperatures climb and humidity drops across the state. Let us hope the Sierra Nevada snowpack can hold out as long as possible…

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Lake Tahoe. Photo by Calvin Abe.

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Lake Tahoe. Photo by Calvin Abe.