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Transformation, Downtown Los Angeles, California, 2012

Transformation, Downtown Los Angeles, California, 2012

This image works with three elements to express the transformation of the downtown Los Angeles skyline over the last hundred years. At its base, matching office towers built in the early 20th century abruptly end their journey upward. They are ornate, yet dull in color and small in scale. In the middle of the frame, the soaring KPMG tower reflects the burnished gold of a setting sun on its sleek façade. And at the top of the image, a funnel shaped cloud seems to symbolically ignite the gilded reflections that illuminate the many windows of the skyscraper. This cloud is the key to the image – it makes it dynamic and expressive, rather than descriptive.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
1/800s f/6.3 at 19.2mm iso80 full exif

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