Alterations: Los Angeles, is an ongoing research project that photographically records examples of language around the city of Los Angeles, the goal is to use language as catalyst to reveal different aspects of reality, social, and cultural history of the city. This is an attempt to map the psychogeography of the city.
The idea of language in Los Angeles presupposes a sort of embedded ideology, the weight of history, and inherent narrative dimension. As a system that incorporates both style and content. It has helped redefine what Los Angeles is, influencing all aspects of cultural life, adapting itself to different ideas, cultures, rhythms, and perceptions. Los Angeles is a trend–setting global metropolis with an extraordinary history and a rich cultural heritage. Neighborhoods, in their own diversity, collectively create Los Angeles identity. They form the larger structure of the city. Each neighborhood is a living entity in itself.
Eventually a neighborhood becomes a symbol or representation of a culture within the city. Each neighborhood is a vernacular alteration to Los Angeles, an adjustment or adaptation to the past, present, and future.
This series of photographs represent a visual presence of language and visual alterations, symbolized as color, architecture, and the use of typography within Los Angeles, the concept of photocopying certain images, removes any distraction of color and lets the audience get the essence of the pure language. Each image is a representation of an alteration—visually and in narrative.
Developed under the guidance of Simon Johnston.