“Two Years After the Storm”. For this work I concentrate on what’s considered the busiest freeway in LA county, the 405. Freeways act as an artery to the city’s day-to-day. Affected massively after the lockdown was announced there was an almost instantaneous environmental reaction to the lack of cars on the usually backed up lanes. It was quite something to see clear skies and hear locals talking fondly of the state of the city’s air despite what was happening with the global pandemic.
Two years later, as the city tries to get itself back together, the traffic is back with vengeance. Still, a major talking point but with added darkness. There has been a rise in violent road rage reports, shootings, a sense of lawlessness while driving and the smog is as thick as ever.
This work has become an objective portrait of the 405. The suburbs, the streets, and the people in and around the 72-mile stretch of a structure that binds a city together.