My first foray into Downtown Los Angeles about 15 years ago was a shocking experience. After all I had always been told that LA was just one big sprawl with no real center. Driving through its heart on the freeways you could only see the nameless glass towers that grew out of Bunker Hill.

Taking a walking tour shattered that view of LA forever. I discovered there a real downtown with grand ornate buildings and beautiful theaters crowded into a few square blocks - just like a major city is supposed to have.

The only problem was that it had been virtually abandoned wholesale when people and companies moved into those gleaming glass towers decades before. But it is still there, still beautiful and being brought back to life by loft dwellers.

I am an educator and photographer and in the past I have worked almost entirely in black and white. I was born and raised in Gibraltar and moved to the US in 1995. I currently live on Orcas Island in Washington State.

Moving to the Pacific Northwest in 2020 has encouraged me to rediscover a love color in my previous and current work.

My passion for black and white remains as I find that, without color, the natural and man made environments present the viewer with a starkly different experience.

Thank you for looking at my work,

Lewis Francis

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