We're proud to be part of Southern California here at Lomography LA. We love our little corner of the world, it has everything, mountains, beaches, desert, urban excitement and suburban solitude. But we feel sometimes sunny SoCal is pigeonholed, so we wanted to show LA ( and our desert neighbors too!) from the perspective of local Lomographers. We asked our staff for their most unique photos from their favorite neighborhoods and spots around Southern California. Check out the eye opening results!
Being Angelenos, we’re a little biased. Ours is a great city, so we focused mainly on LA areas for this article. That said, our desert cities have much to offer the world that is truly unique, so let’s give them their due first:
About 3 hours away from LA lies the Salton Sea and surrounding communities. It’s worth the trip to this SoCal original. The Salton Sea is a man made sea, created by an irrigation error. In the 1960’s, a resort town sprung up around the sea, but over the years flooding and decay have turned it into an attraction for the opposite reason. Now you can find visitors seeking out the decay and desolution instead of getting their kicks fishing or sailing.
Along with our man made sea, we also have a man made mountain here in Southern California and it’s located near the Salton Sea. Salvation Mountain is 50 ft tall and 150 ft long and was created by one man, Leonard Knight, from local clay and donated paint. It rises like a patchwork quilt billowing out of the desert.
The best part is you can climb to the top of the mountain, roam inside the mountain, and just about every square inch is covered with vivid, beautiful color. It’s an X-pro dream!
Downtown LA gives a sense of a traditional city with it’s office towers rising above the sprawl that we call the city of LA. With it’s artist communities, speakeasy style bars, restaurants and non stop people watching opportunities, we can’t get enough of Downtown.
Northwest of Downtown is Echo Park and home to many an LA Lomographer. Its hills, architecture, festivals, phenomenal dining and of course the park itself, you could fall in love! The strong arts and music scene gives endless opportunities to see your favorite band or check out a new gallery opening.
Follow the world famous Route66 all the way to the end,and you’ll find the quintessential California beach town, Santa Monica! Home to everything from movie studios, world famous beaches, shopping, and of course, the pier, Santa Monica will make you feel like you were born and raised in SoCal no matter which corner of the world you may be from!
Now that you’ve seen all that we have to offer, come visit us! There’s more than enough to keep your little analogue hearts content and we’d love to see your take on our surroundings. If you already are lucky enough to live here, what are you waiting for?! Get out there and shoot!