Chimera Dreams: Photographs of Los Angeles
In September 2017, Landscape photographer, Emma Rosenthal launched the facebook page, Photographs of Los Angeles, featuring her landscape photography of the L.A area. You can visit that page at
The Craft of Photographs of Los Angeles:
Photographs of Los Angeles, is not simply a series of snapshots. Each image is selected and edited from hundreds of photographs, usually within a theme. For example, the series on the Griffith Observatory and the view from the Observatory consisted of over 600 photographs, taken on a single day from 4 PM to 9 PM. These 600 images were edited and 16 images were chosen. When shot with my digital camera (Canon 5D iii), each image then went through digital processing, similar to the same process a wet lab photographer, shooting film, might go through. Initially each image was assigned metadata: information about each image stored in data: photographer, camera, date, time, shutter speed, aperture, key words, copyright, etc. Then, selected images are adjusted in Bridge, where color, contrast, exposure, etc was adjusted. These features are further refined in photoshop. Each image is then saved in tiff, high resolution jpeg and low resolution jpeg. Once featured on this facebook page, each image is given a title and a description. I provide descriptions of the images for people who access the internet via screen readers, but also to provide context and information to viewers. Images are then also put into specifically themed albums.
After posting to this Facebook page, I also post the images to my smug mug page, under fine art photography and also in the Emma Store where these images can be purchased and where my followers can support my work. My smugmug page offers high resolution images of the photos displayed on Photographs of Los Angeles.
Some images are part of well edited and crafted series, others are more like artist’s sketches. The goal is to post an image a day, but I’ve not quite met that requisite, the craft is much more important to this process, and then there’s also life and its demands that can prevent a lot of creative work to be sacrificed for necessity. For the most part this work is wageless labor.