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Every year the downtown area of Long Beach is turned into a temporary racing car circuit. Streets, parks and parking lots are transformed by temporary structures that lie empty for weeks and then are used for one weekend before being dismantled
and stored for another year.

These structures are striking in their simplicity, their impact heightened by their short-lived presence on the skyline.

This series has been created with images taken over the last 5 years.

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.

Lewis Francis

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