Photographer Matt Logue’s created images of the wide streets of Los Angeles absent automobiles. His photographs are now published in a book, Empty LA.
I often have wondered what it would be like to live in this city without fighting the daily war of driving.
Like David Yoon’s Narrow Streets, Logue’s digitally manipulated fantasies of Los Angeles bring up the sad reality about how ugly, depopulated, empty and inhuman the main arteries and roads are.
The architectural pathologies of Los Angeles…… the new modern grotesque monstrosities, the factory high schools, the high rise prisons, the Caltrans black glass behemoth downtown………… they will not go away even if the car does.
You can subtract the cars, but the roads are still four times as wide as they should be.
You can narrow the streets, but the buildings that line the road are ugly, blank, indifferent and cold.
It is not enough to reduce and diminish the automobile. We must do this:
Let photographers photograph Los Angeles in 2060 without having to resort to digital manipulations.