A Drone's Eye View of Downtown Los Angeles
A city once in ruin and now in renaissance, Downtown Los Angeles welcomes all to take a second look at its streets. The city’s old and new inspires artists and visitors alike. One such artist is Ian Wood. He pays homage to the city with breathtaking pans of architecture and public art that allow viewers to witness its grit and beauty in both large scale views and small details.
Originally from New York City, Wood is no stranger to city life. He recalls warnings about looking up at skyscrapers for fear of pick-pockets back home. When he moved to LA he fell in love with Downtown—and all he wanted to do was look up.
After purchasing a drone and GoPro camera, Wood set out to shoot a few LA high-risers. Blown away by the drone’s ability to capture near-impossible angles, Wood pressed on with his photography and was able to see LA unlike many others.
More than merely photographing for a personal repertoire, Wood shoots Downtown LA with hopes of highlighting the importance of preserving the city’s historic structures and modern artwork. Street art like “Urban Big Foot”—a massive mural on Santa Fe Avenue—could disappear under a coat of paint but will forever remain in Wood’s footage.
Broadway street, one of Downtown’s oldest, has played a large role in the city’s recent transformation. Wood declares this part of Downtown his favorite because he recognizes what the area was, what it is and what it can be.
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Written by Luellen Renn