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 working almost entirely in black and white. I was born and raised in Gibraltar and moved to the US in 1995. I currently live in Long Beach, California.
Images without color of natural and man made environments present a stark view of our world, one devoid of comfort and familiarity. In doing so they give us pause, thereby permitting exposure to, and consideration of, something more than just aesthetics and place.
With both our natural and urban environments facing danger and decay, giving pause to see what surrounds us and consPricinider our place in it is in some ways what drives my work.