Los Angeles California
Also known as LA, Hollywood, City of Angels
I must say, as a cinema and music lover, I always had a fascination with California: the 1960´s music scene and the movie culture that started at the beginning of the XXth century. There is a fascinating recent history that it is coated all over the city: historical buildings with different architectural styles, beautiful cemeteries where the biggest stars rest, old markets, former banks converted into restaurants, houses where the Hollywood stardom lived, all sort of movie locations spread all over the city, etc.
My first contact with the city was in the summer of 2014 when I stayed for a whole month working and exploring. I was soon fascinated by it and it felt comfortable to me, perhaps because I was on vacation mode and everything was new. I remember loving all the vintage architecture and old signage; The beautiful mountains and beaches: driving on Sunset Blvd. from Echo Park to the Pacific Ocean was a visual blast-, its thriving cultural scene – old movie theaters playing classical films, outdoor concerts in beautiful environments such as the Hollywood Bowl or the Greek Theater, etc. There was always a place to visit and a venue to attend to. Meeting people from all over the world inspired me to think that LA could be a good option for me. My parents were immigrants in Spain, and since I can remember, I have been always more connected with diversity and mixture. For instance, I love having a huge Latino community around me, I can talk in Spanish often when I am out and about.
As typical as it sounds, a good reason for me to move to Southern California was the weather. Being from a grey and rainy area from Spain, I can’t get enough of the sun. The climate in LA is pretty ideal: temperatures are mostly mild with dry heat and nights are cool. On top of that, the city is covered with trees and plants that make it a huge urban garden, ideal for outdoor living. LA has one of the largest urban parks in North America, Griffith Park, an ideal place for hikes and bike rides.
As an artist, I feel the magnetism of this cultural haven, the sea of possibilities. That’s the energy that attracts artists from all over the world. You hear around that LA is the new NYC because of all the art industries that are developed here: movies, tv, music, art, and fashion. This scenario brings a big flow of people from all over the USA.
As a consequence, this scenario brings gentrification, which might be good for some. For many local families though, means moving from houses where they have lived for generations into cheaper areas in the suburbs. It also means transforming the architectural landscape of the city, changing from single-family homes into 4 story apartment buildings.
After living in Barcelona for 12 years, I was looking for a new place to start something new, somewhere where I could evolve professionally and personally. As someone pointed out to me recently, LA is a place to grow and learn, From a professional point of view, being such a vast territory, it allows you to have access to an unlimited number of clients and companies no matter what kind of work you are involved with. I have seen how my business has grown and evolved over the last 5 years; the potential is out there for you to grab it. There are many tools and ways to follow that growth path, from a work perspective or from a spiritual side as well.
The most challenging thing to me has been creating a social circle beside my work. There are definitely all sorts of human and social groups and gatherings: spiritual, working networks of all kinds, sports, cultural, etc. Finding the right one that works personally for you may take some time. Angelinos tend to orbit around their jobs or careers which takes a considerable amount of time, so sometimes it is challenging finding other spaces to develop social connections or grow other interests. The main reason for this is the distance.
Being such a big city, it can be difficult to commit to certain things if they are far away. Personally, I find it very practical living in Central LA and having certain neighborhoods such as Downtown LA, Hollywood, Silverlake, and Los Feliz, where I find most of the things and places that interest me.
Another reason to love Los Angeles is the proximity to different types of nature. The desert is within a 2-hour drive and it is worth visiting in Spring when all the cactuses and plants are blooming. It is a very green desert full of birds and small to medium animals.
The region sits on miles and miles of beautiful beaches and coastal sites. Within 1 hour drive, you can explore Angeles Forest where you can experience lots of hikes and connect with nature.
About the Author – Los Angeles Photographer Roberto Garcia
I am an architectural photographer, originally from Spain and now based in Los Angeles, California. My photography represents a collaboration with architects, interior designers, real estate companies, home remodeling contractors, and others to create striking and unique images for their work portfolios. I prefer visual images to appear as natural as possible – not overly retouched, but try to enhance their natural design qualities with an artistic flair. Whether a project involves a commercial site or residential home, I possess the experience and capability to make any environment look as appealing and memorable as possible.
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