With her Lomography cameras and her trusty MacBook, LA-based Lomographer and freelance travel writer Michelle Rae writes a new 365-days-esque series about her urban adventures to present to people an entirely different perspective of the City of Angels.
For about five seemingly short years now, I have been an avid (ok, more like obsessed) analogue-photographer-slash-lomographer. Armed with my babies (a.k.a. my cameras), I have haunted the streets of Los Angeles in an effort to show people around the world what it’s like in this city that I have come to know quite well and love.
Over the years though, I’ve grown increasingly defensive about LA. It might have something to do with the fact that people I know who live in cities like New York and Seattle share an unjustified disgust for it, after having seen only Hollywood and the Santa Monica Pier (well, duh!). And it might also have something to do with the fact that a LOT of movies and TVshows (ehem, The Hills, cough cough) depict LA as a sort of cultural blackhole out in the west whose palm-lined streets are teeming with nothing but plastics carrying shopping bags, blondes in bikinis tops and rollerblades (isn’t that Miami?), douchebags (I think that’s also Miami…), and aspiring actor-slash-musician transplants who came to LA thinking they’re something special only to find out too late that in the City of Angels, they’re all just a dime a dozen.
To be fair, there is a lot of truth to that stereotype. Yes, we have our share of lameness and tourist traps but what city doesn’t (for example, those Jersey Shore-types in Brooklyn). If people would just open their eyes and look just a little bit closer, they’ll realize that there’s more – much, much more – to Los Angeles than they think.
And so I’ve decided to use my amazing power of deductive reasoning…no, wait…that’s Sherlock Holmes…my considerably-less-impressive power of stringing sentences together and combine it with my love for Lomography to help my city’s cause to get people on its side.
Thus, Analogue Girl About Town is born – to offer you non-believers weekly glimpses of my beautiful city from my point-of-view by way of a personal 365 days photo project. Consider it as the successor to 500 Days of the Real Los Angeles, my honest albeit short prosaic ode to LA; as my effort to once and for all dispel any unpleasant prejudices against my city. Think of it as Gossip Girl-meets-LA-meets-Lomography sans the socialites and lonely boy. Think of it as a kind of visual tour guide so that when next time you’re in my city, you won’t make a beeline for Hollywood and Highland, which is frankly a circus train wreck (trust me, it’s waaaaay worse than a regular train wreck).
Intruiged already? Don’t get your bloomers in a knot; my first entry will be up soon. I look forward to making converts out of you!
If you have any tips or suggestions or if there’s anything you’d like me to feature in the series, please shoot me a short-and-sweet in my home, blueskyandhardrock. xoxo