The project, There is a Place, grew out of the contentious and divisive dynamics of today's political environment. As I thought about the contrasting lives found in the vastly differing neighborhoods of Los Angeles, I began to photograph with the accompanying desire to seek out moments to create a visual place of quiet and connection in spite of the disparities. There is a Place embraces the challenging aesthetics of a large city. This exploration is interspersed with images concentrating on simple interpretations of structures and surfaces. Los Angeles is a vast multitude of cities and suburbs that connect uninterrupted across miles and miles of land; each neighborhood defined by its individual characteristics. The work offsets the disparities and contradictions of urban culture by juxtaposing them with images of light, color and lines as a visual departure to the dividing force of city life. Different from the gestural qualities of the photographic line studies in my previous projects, these images lean on detail-oriented compositions of spaces and planes. The street scenes and urban landscapes are found along many road trips across Los Angeles as I traverse the sprawling cityscape. Explorations of the city’s diversity are juxtaposed with images of stillness as if the diverging flow comes to a unifying pause.

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