I grew up in the heart of Los Angeles. I have extensively photographed many neighborhoods in the Koreatown, Hollywood, and Mid-City areas of the city because those are the parts that I am most familiar with. I never really bothered to explore the places north of the city, particularly the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys. It wasn’t until a couple of years ago when I got a new job and moved to Toluca Lake that I began to examine and photograph my new surroundings in detail.
In this essay, I have focused on the areas of Burbank, North Hollywood, Valley Village, and Pasadena.
Things are different north of the 101 freeway. One of the first things that you notice is the fact there are fewer people. Traffic is a bit lighter, things move a little slower in comparison to life on the other side of the freeway. The urban landscape is made up of with streets lined with one to two story buildings, industrial structures, and railroad tracks that intersect the topography. I have focused on the areas of Burbank, North Hollywood, Valley Village, and Pasadena in this essay, highlighting the character and sense of space these areas possess that is often lacking on the other side of the highway.