Welcome To LA by Darren Ankenman in Los Angeles, California, USA

This is a selection of images from ongoing series of photographs of Los Angeles, glimpses of the city, curated into a blog called Welcome to L.A. In taking these photos, I’m trying to show the city in a way that’s different from the general impression that most people have living outside of Los Angeles…. i.e. swimming pools and movie stars. Also, I keep an eye out for and sometimes find images that suggest a previous decade. These images and others from the blog are part of a forthcoming limited edition book.

Name:Darren Ankenman

Place you live: Los Angeles

Place your photo was taken: (should be where you live or within an hour car ride) Los Angeles, CA

Can you sum up the place you live in a short paragraph? L.A. can be both inspiring and depressing.

Occupation: Photographer

Preoccupation: French films

A perfect day in LA? shooting with someone new and inspiring.

If someone was visiting, what must they do? try to check out the Magic Castle

A perfect meal in LA? Little Next Door

What is the best thing about your spot? Visual stimulus

What is the worst? Traffic

A little known fact about where you live? Alan Rudolph was an assistant director to Robert Altman in the 70’s and after they worked together on Nashville, Rudolph directed his first film Welcome to L.A. Altman produced. It’s amazing.

Where is your favorite place in the world? Sant Pol de Mar, Spain

Who are your three favorite photographers? Mario SorrentiViviane SassenWolfgang Tillmans