Vincent Johnson: Great Photographs of Los Angeles, 2001 – 2005

Santa Monica, 2005

This is one of my personal all-time favorite photos, which I took in Santa Monica one morning a while back.

What I love about it is that it captures the concrete reality and the ephemeral at once. It shows an image of California that one can actually experience here when driving, which is that the road in front of you has disappeared or ends abruptly.  It also recalls the theme of solid and air, density and atmospheric. All of the man-made signs, street markings and street signs, street lamps, speak of an effort to create the possibility of order. The rising, undulating street appears to possibly be a bridge rising to allow ships to pass underneath it. Yet the movement is illusory. Life is both real and a dream.

Private home, Pasadena, California, 2005g

In the year 2001 I returned to my project that began in 1995, of photographing Los Angeles, without concern to subject. I would merely take pictures of any and everything I found visually intriguing. Between 1995 and 2007 I would take over 25,000 photographs in the Los Angeles region. I began to categorize the works over time, and then to focus on particular areas, such as Los Angeles vernacular architecture, and photographing LA at night.

I am currently going through my archive. I’ll post more photographs as time allows.

City park, Santa Monica, California, 2005

Parked Cadillac, Los Angeles, 2005

Under the Hollywood Downtowner neon sign, Hollywood, California, 2005

Adventurer motel, near LAX Airport, Los Angeles, 2005

Royal Roost, named after the legendary jazz club in NYC, South Central Los Angeles, 2005

Bitter Redhead bar, Santa Monica, California, 2005

Liquor store, San Fernando Valley, California, 2005

Valley Ho Liquor store, Van Nuys, California

Strip club billboard sign, Van Nuys

Automotive parts store, Van Nuys

Drapery store, San Fernando Valley

Jolly Jug liquor store, North Hollywood

Roofstack, South Central Los Angeles

Night street light, Los Angeles

Motel Tangiers, San Fernando Valley

Market Sign from 1950's Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley

Streetlamp, MacArthur Park, Los Angeles

Parked black Two-tone Thunderbird, Van Nuys

Mansfield Motel and Movie Billboard, Los Angeles

Six Months Crenshaw gallery space, Los Angeles

Vincent Johnson is an artist and writer in Los Angeles. He has recently been named a 2010 United States Artists Project artist.

The USA site went live on December 7, 2010

My initial project is to fabricate a 3 foot tall doll house sized sculpture of the collapsed William Livingstone House in Detroit. The project description and a video presentation of the project are at the links provided here:
http://www.unitedstatesartists.org/user/vincentjohnson
http://www.unitedstatesartists.org/project/william_livingstone_house_detroit
Please feel free to review the site and to contact others who would be interesting in supporting the program and my project.
thanks so much
Vincent Johnson
Los Angeles, California
cell: 818:430.1604
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