Los Angeles’ iconic transit hub turned 75-years-old in 2014, and as part of the celebration the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority (Metro) selected this portrait series of passengers and workers made inside the Station to be part of a public art installation there.
In these portraits I used an admiring gaze and crisp, hyper-real lighting to celebrate the subjects as everyday icons LA’s rich diversity, and crystalize otherwise overlooked passing moments for a the viewer’s momentary consideration.
From spring 2014-2015, this series was installed in a set of six 5-foot-tall transparencies in luminous lightboxes in a massive corridor that handles 40,000 passengers each day. The photos were shown beside the work of four other artists including Jim McHugh and Catherine Opie.
Don Young, information desk volunteer for 16 years. August 18, 2013.
Grace Kroll, on her way out for the day. August 18, 2013.
Rebecca M. Weiner, on her way to Moreno Valley. August 18, 2013.
Monica Ortega, Jose Raúl Morales and daughter Joline on their way to Olvera St. August 18, 2013.
Trevor Bates waits for his ride. August 16, 2013.
Zainah Whyte, visting from New Zealand. August 16, 2013.
Marilyn and OJ Droppers, on their way home. August 18, 2013.
Rumpa Giri and Sreyan Das, on their way home. August 16, 2013.
Shayla Campos, Thomas Moore and daughter Leia. August 16, 2013.
Joseph Graves and Stephanie Linscott en route to San Diego. August 16, 2013.
Michelle Wurlitzer and Michael Tank. August 16, 2013.
Peter C. Hartgens en route to work. August 16, 2013.
Nadia Ben-Marzouk returning from an international flight. August 16, 2013.
Lightboxes installed in Union Station. Photo courtesy of MetroArt.
Lightboxes and didactic plaque in Union Station. Photo courtesy of MetroArt.