Locals know that Los Angeles is so much more than the Hollywood sign or the Downtown skyline. There are many other views of LA, most of which only we know about and only we cherish. This idea is the subject of a new little series of works that have been compiled into a book: it’s called 100 Not So Famous Views Of L.A. by Barbara Thomason and it is a run through some of our most beloved places.
The views are very common to locals. They are things like the Shakespeare Bridge and the HaFo SaFo sign in Silver Lake, the Felix car dealership near Exposition Park and Angelus Temple in Echo Park: these are views only locals love and appreciate. How Thomason presents them is in a way that is of her point of view, going deeper into the idea of localization—inward—into herself. She’s included images from her dentist’s office, from the top of parking structures, and from poking your head around the corner, to look deeper into Union Station or down Sunset Blvd.
What’s so special about 100 Not So Famous Views Of L.A. is that it celebrates the little things about Los Angeles through mundane vignettes of the city. It celebrates the architectural oddity of the city and our diversity and the places that define and re-define this place. Thomason’s plein air style is both a lovely, personal gesture and at some times feels like you are walking around the city or passing by, in car. It certainly is a very relatable project—and it is so, so easy to fall in love with (just like the city).