On their first task, the US CitySlickers will show us around their towns and cities, documenting their experiences in analogue and telling us stories along the way. Let’s meet Todd and learn about Los Angeles!
Name: Todd Wagner
City: Los Angeles
Age: Middle ;-)
Occupation: Director of Global Client Services
Greetings from sunny Los Angeles to all of my Lomography friends and to those friends I haven’t met yet! It’s great to be on this photographic journey with you.
I’m relatively new to Lomography, but not to photography. In school, I took a few photography classes and learned to develop and print my own film. Over time, life became busy and I stopped taking many photos. I didn’t really pick photography up again until I had kids, but by that time the world had largely gone digital. About 18 months ago, I happened upon a Diana Mini and started snapping photos with it. I was hooked! I’m now officially obsessed with cameras and own over 30 of them. I also love film, particularly expired and unusual ones.
I’ve really enjoyed meeting all the great folks here on the Lomography website, so feel free to drop by my home and introduce yourself. I’ve lived in Los Angeles for most of my life and wanted to share some great and exciting parts of it with the Lomography community, so I was excited to be given the opportunity to be a CitySlicker.
Los Angeles county has so much to offer to residents and visitors alike. Home to almost 10 million people (and two Lomography stores!) , the 4,000+ square mile area it encompasses has something for everyone. Its beaches, lakes, mountains and deserts are simply amazing. As locals are fond of saying, you can even go surfing and skiing in the same day.
If you like the beach scene, the Santa Monica Pier and Venice Beach can’t be beat. The pier offers the Pacific Park amusement park, restaurants and shops to enjoy. A quick bike ride takes you to Venice Beach and the boardwalk, a great location for people watching. If the urban environment is more your style, LA also has you covered.
Downtown LA offers great things to do in the heart of the city. If you like history, you could spend the day visiting places like the Angeles Flight funicular or Olvera Street, one of the first settlements in the city. If you like the new and hip, you can spend the day or night at LA Live, eating, drinking, dancing, watching movies, playing pool or even bowling.
Los Angeles is also a shopping mecca with very high-end places like Rodeo Drive or the Beverly Center. If you are looking to save some cash you can visit the Citadel Outlet mall or find some bargains in one of the many thrift shops or second-hand stores around the city.
Sports fans also love Los Angeles. You can choose to watch a Dodgers game, a Lakers or Clippers game, a Kings game or see the Galaxy play. You can watch the horse races at Hollywood Park or Santa Anita. If participating is more your style you can learn to surf, try indoor or outdoor skydiving, go skiing or hiking. The list of possibilities is almost endless.
If you happen to hit one of the few days we don’t have great weather, there are still things to see and do. You can visit the Aquarium of the Pacific or the Queen Mary in Long Beach or the California Science Center or the Museum of Contemporary Art. You can visit the Petersen Automotive Museum to see rare and classic cars or if you just can’t get enough photography, the Annenberg Space for Photography.
Over time I’ll tell you more about some of these great places and others. I’ll also work to discover new places and events I can share with all of you. Stay tuned for more Lomo adventures and information on the City of Angeles. Lomo on!!