2015 Arts District Alliance “Uniting the World through Art” exhibit features the work of four gifted artists from China and four from the Los Angeles Downtown Arts District
My work results from remaining with ideas, objects and places long enough to allow the patina of time to become apparent, the water to become still enough to imagine the bottom of the pool.
Riversystem is an ongoing project and combines landscapes, portraits and detail from a segment of the Los Angeles River, along with people living in and around its structures and the bordering Union Pacific rail lines. Having lived nearby for years, it has served as my backyard and wilderness. Initially inspired by its raw beauty, recently I’ve begun photographing the residents I’ve come to know. Most have lived here for years and have created encampments that are for now their homes. With this work, I’ve attempted to describe a view of the unrefined beauty in this environment and its natural reflection in the people who live in it.
Tammy Holmgren Miller
Abandoned places and people, discarded objects, rubble, rusted metal and unwanted junk capture the focus of my eyes, camera and soul.
I am continuously in search of an unlocked door, or a piece of plywood that I can pull back, to gain entrance to an abandoned asylum, amusement park, military base or junkyard. I attempt to make Art from subjects that others don’t seem to see or want and that have been abandoned and discarded. I focus on crafting something beautiful from urban refuse and human failures.
Osceola Refetoff’s editorial and fine art photography depicts classic subjects – landscape, architecture, portraiture – in an array of stylistic modes from the abstract to the evocative and methodical. From his MFA work at NYU Film School to his current freelance career in Los Angeles, what links the forms and aspects of his eclectic practice is his commitment to ascertaining “what each picture requires;” the better to render not only what a place looks like, but also, how it feels to be there. His persistent interest in documenting humanity’s impact on the world – from the intersection of nature and industry, to narratives of the lives people live – confront the questions of truth, dispassion, document and artistry that are always a part of how photography functions in the world. He finds no more compliant muse in these matters than the beguiling deserts of the American West.
Laura’s photographic journey began as a band photographer shooting many new up and coming live acts for Music Connection Magazine and then for the bands themselves. Her work moved into the world of political and social change and she attributes her activism to shaping her photographic point of view. She has been privileged to photograph many electeds and image makers over the years including President Barack Obama.
In the last few years Laura has made the natural progression into fine arts, She is moved by the quiet moments; the worried look of a mother listening to her baby cry, an old man sitting in a rocking chair hearing the perfect note coming from his record player, or a grand willow gently swaying in the breeze. Looking through the lens allows her to shut out the world and focus on just what’s in front of her. Her focus is finding the beauty in what others might perceive as mundane and ordinary, lost and forgotten.