I’m always fascinated by the different feelings that arrive when traveling via foot around Los Angeles. There will be more on this topic in the future with a final project. For now, It’ll suffice to say that there is a definite texture in the streets and in the people who travel them, and that texture changes–sometimes subtly, sometimes not-so-subtly–often within the distance of a block.
Documented here in black and white is the “texture” of Vermont Avenue just outside the gates of the prestigious University of Southern California. In color, the environment inside the University’s gates.
A USC Student perches atop stairs at USC’s Grace Ford Salvatori Hall.
A man, Louis, rests on a curb alongside his bike.
A gated up door on Vermont Avenue forbids any passers-by come near.
Open doors at Brian Kennedy – Howard Jones Football Field beckons students to glance inside its walls.
A well maintained gutter at the University of Southern California remains free of debris save for a leaf or two.
A gutter along Vermont Avenue is littered with trash.
A grate covers the space surrounding a growing tree at USC, protecting roots and hiding brown dirt.
Dirt and dead twigs remain exposed at the base of a tree along Vermont Avenue.
An empty box of Oreos litters a Vermont Avenue gutter, accompanies by several twigs.
A bright pink post-it note and a single twig rest in a USC gutter.
Student bikers meet Los Angeles traffic.
Bike and pedestrian commuters meet Los Angeles traffic.
A biker commutes along busy Vermont Avenue, smoking a cigarette and wearing a heavy coat in 70-degree weather.
A USC student rides his bike while sporting a suit.
A newer BMW reflects USC’s Doheny Library.
An aged and dirtied BMW sits outside of a discount store on Vermont Avenue.
A biker along Vermont Avenue looks suspiciously at a photographer.
A USC student conversing with a friend loses his conversational grin, realizing he’s being unexpectedly photographed.
A preschool-aged girl waiting for a bus near Vermont Avenue picks up a plastic squirt gun from the ground.
A student sits in the grass, cell phone in hand, in front of an artwork-filled lawn at USC.
A USC student smiles, noticing a stranger taking a candid photo.
A man, Louis, sits along a side street curb near Vermont Avenue, chatting with USC students.