Less Subtle LA

From orange groves and oil fields, Los Angeles’ metamorphosis over a century used its wealth to import influences into its public spaces. The entertainment industry, local politics, journalism, public relations, and real estate developments contributed to shaping a metropolis full of distinct neighborhoods. The city’s architectural follies, fame, façades, and fallacies uphold its mythical city of hopes and dreams, where inhabitants use location to define and refine their identity.

In Less Subtle LA, Joelle McTigue manually manipulates her street photography into stained glass to accentuate Los Angeles’ glorification of fact, fiction, and fantasy in its communal narrative.