How to shoot the streets of Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California is known as the most photogenic city in the world, but for many photographers it’s also the most challenging.
As a result, it’s easy to see why this is one of the most photographed cities in the US, with an estimated 15 million people visiting it annually.
“Los Angeles is a very diverse city and a lot of the street photography that is happening is happening in its most vulnerable areas,” says Nathan Leder, who was recently invited to shoot for photographer Jonathan Leder’s project, Streets of L.A. “The streets that are the most under-explored and under-crowded are those that are being created as the result of gentrification.”
According to Leder and photographer Ryan Kiley, the project was started after Leder had recently completed a book about Los Angeles titled Los Angeles: A Visual History.
He says the project started off as a project to document some of the city’s most iconic locations, and it’s taken on an even greater importance as the city has grown in size and population.
“As the population of the United States has grown, the city of Los Angles has become more and more diverse and it becomes more of a destination for tourists,” he says.
According a 2015 report from the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles is home to more than 11 million people, making it the most populous city in America.
While Los Angeles has a number of exciting local attractions, including The Burbank Museum of Art and the famous El Capitan, it also has the most graffiti on its streets, including graffiti that has been tagged since 2014.
“It’s all in the past tense.
The street artists have taken the art in the city and made it into something that’s worth keeping,” Leder says.
“But what’s interesting is that these artists are just trying to make their art more interesting.”
The streets of LA are often overlooked by the mainstream media, but Leder is determined to change that.
The project was originally created as a way to document the city from a different angle.
In addition to the street art, the two photographers are also looking to explore what’s going on in the wider community, which has been affected by gentrification in recent years.
For Leder it’s all about making the city more accessible and making the street the focal point of any shoot.
“There’s a lot going on here that’s hidden.
I’m looking for a way for people to see what’s happening and that’s the beauty of street photography,” he explains.
“I want people to be able to see the streets as a piece of art, rather than just a piece that’s going to be covered in graffiti.”
The other side of that is also important to me, is that people can see this work of art and know that it’s being done by real people.”
This is the fourth and final project for the duo.
The first, called City of Loves, took place in 2015 and featured Leder documenting the street of downtown Los Angeles from the perspective of a young girl.
The second, City of Gold, was published in 2018.
The third, Los Angels: City of Light, will feature a young photographer capturing street photography from a rooftop in the heart of Los Angels.
“So we wanted to get people to really get excited about it.” “
Street photography is something that you’re really not supposed to be doing, and there’s a social stigma around it,” he adds.
“So we wanted to get people to really get excited about it.”
While Leder sees his work as a sort of protest against gentrification, he also believes it can be used as a form in itself.
“Street photography has a great history, and I think it’s important for people in the community to see it in their own hands,” he said.
“A lot of street photographers don’t take it seriously, but they’re really good at documenting these beautiful scenes and it gives a lot to people who are experiencing gentrification and trying to connect with each other and understand the impact it’s having.”
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