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Walking is Working Series

SUMMARY

5 years of 35mm photographs documenting Los Angeles's evolving landscape and the effects of gentrification on architecture, housing, real-estate and design.

ARTIST STATEMENT:

A large portion of my work is based on picking a direction and putting one foot in front of the other. In some ways, taking photos comes secondary to walking and experiencing life on the streets; grabbing a papusa or taco from a street vendor, interacting with the cast of characters that makeup a neighborhood, picking up a beer from a random liquor store, learning about and discovering the many corners of this enormous city.

Like so many artists that have moved to Los Angeles, the city has become my muse. But my experience as a new LA based artist is different than the average transplant. Thanks to my extended family that’s lived here for generations, I’ve been fortunate to see the city from the perspective of people that have lived in LA their whole life.

In my first body of work shot exclusively on the streets of Los Angeles, I examine the city’s changing landscape and neighborhoods from the perspective of long-term residents, through 35mm photography.

NOTES:

Copyright 2013-2019 Lexis-Olivier Ray, 35mm Color & Black and White Film