Urban Light

The LACMA | Los Angeles, California

The LACMA | Los Angeles, California

The first time I drove past the L.A. County Museum of Art, I couldn't figure out what the big deal was with all the light poles. There were tons of people wandering up and down all the aisles of lights like it was some sort of religious experience. It wasn't until I got out of my car and walked up to all the lights that I realized how cool it actually was. After I got home that evening I found out the display is called Urban Light and was designed by the sculpture Chris Burden and is made up of 202 restored street lights that once lit up the streets of Southern California.

I had a good concept in mind for how I wanted to photograph this but I got yelled at by security for attempting to mount my camera onto my tripod. After that happened I knew it would be a challenge to capture the beauty of this display in a way that would do it justice. The architect put a lot of attention to detail into their work here and I wanted to be sure to bring notice to all the intricate details in my photograph. I basically just walked into the middle of it all, pushed all my gear aside, and laid down on my back to think. And that's when i realized it. Sometimes a change in perspective is all we need to discover a fresh idea.

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