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Matt Logue and Carmageddon

If you don’t live on the west coast, you may not have heard the warnings about Carmageddon, an event that began last night when the 405 freeway, which carries millions of cars over the mountain from Los Angeles to the San Fernando Valley and environs further north, has been shut down. In an effort to widen and update a major stretch of highway, a bridge had to be removed and the only way to achieve this feat was to close accesses to one of the city’s most vital arteries. To shut down a major freeway for three days is a city that is totally car centric, is indeed a major event. Most people I know either got out of town, or purchased lots of alcohol and groceries and plan to walk for three days.

Thinking about this event brought to mind Matt Logue’s project that I featured on Lenscratch a year or so ago and made me realize that for a very short period, Mr. Logue’s images will be a reality. The post follows:

If Matt Logue could make his photographs a reality, he would make many an Angeleno very happy. His series, Empty LA, has just been published and recently won an honorable mention in the Photography.Book.Now. competition through Blurb.com. The images were captured over a 4 year period and are a perfect cocktail of his skills and interests.

Matt studied Transportation and Product design in college before moving into the Photography department. He then went onto study film and animation and ended up working in the effects industry, with a stint in New Zealand working on Lord of the Rings. He continues to work in the effects field, while pursuing his photographic interests.

Jesse Rieser

I recently discovered the work of Jesse Rieser, when an image he submitted for the Mother’s Day post caught my eye. I explored his website and not only discovered wonderful work, but that he was an Angeleno. Jesse was born in Missouri and now lives in California working as a editorial, commercial, and fine art photographer. In fact, Jesse is attending Review Santa Fe this weekend, presenting the body of work featured below. I have no doubt that we will be seeing more of his terrific work in the years to come.

Statement for The Class of 99 Turns 30: This year my high school classmates and I turned 30. As we entered adulthood we had reason to be optimistic and confident. Our formative years were cocooned in security, a youth spent in a time of economic growth and low unemployment.

This is what we were promised: “You are being bequeathed the tools for achieving a material existence that neither my generation or any that preceded it could have even remotely imagined as we began our life’s work.” – Allan Greenspan 1999 commencement speech.

Morgan Kline

Today, unemployment hovers at 9.6 percent. Housing foreclosures are at an all time high and personal bankruptcy filings are estimated to affect 1.7 million Americans. My generation is the first in a hundred years that is unlikely to be financially better off than it’s parents.

Erin Brown Helsin

It’s in this moment of transition that I photographed my classmates in settings relevant to the lives they are building.

Sara Lee Sayers

The images show a community last assembled at graduation during America’s most prosperous moment, regrouping in 2009 during the toughest economic and social circumstances since the Great Depression. The portraits examine what has been gained or lost in the interim.

Mary Knauer Miller

Some are recovering from job losses, drug and alcohol addiction and loss of family. Others are building families, achieving in their early careers and volunteering in their communities. Like all generations, we struggle to define ourselves as parents, citizens, family members and spouses. We work to create meaningful lives; we work to understand what “meaningful” looks like.

Erin Brown Helsin 2

Megan Mckenzie

Preston Ingram


Mathew Hilton

Megan Mckenzie 2

Aaron Cooper

Amy Hawkins

Haley Alford Gillespie

Mathew Hillton 2

Anthony Collins