Day 7: Los Angeles!

Currently, it is our third day in Los Angeles. But, because of my late update on blog, I will rewind the time to our first day in here. Before I begin, I just wanted to note that I didn’t have a chance to take photographs on that day…What a shame on me. I am disappointed at myself (I even carried my camera around the whole day!). Anyhow, here is how day 7 went.

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After our arrival in Los Angeles, we first went to get TAP card, a handy, convenient card for metro lines (bus and train). If using public transportation here, TAP card is a must! That way, there is no need to pull out $1.75 (which is the fare per ride) from your wallet every time; just ‘tap’ the card to the reader and there you go. Also, there are variations of types available, from 1 day to 7 days, and even to a month. We set to the City Hall of Los Angeles (as indicated by the TAP card website), only to find out that the office was closed during the weekends. It was a let down, but hey, we learned a lesson here. Research public transportation and fare beforehand!Β As much common it sounds, this is very important (or so I learned).

Later we visited Annenberg Space for Photography. It was absolutely beautiful! Their current exhibition is titled “Sink or Swim: Designing for a Sea Challenge“, which discusses about effects of rising sea level around the world through photography. It included photographs by Iwan Baan, Stephen Wilkes, Paula Bronstein, and Jonas Bendiksen. IΒ wasn’t familiar with any of the photographers in the exhibits, but it didn’t take too long for me to fall in love with them.Their photographs narrate a story by itself, that even without the aid of description, it contains enough information to enfold what it is about.

There was alsoΒ series of short clips that featured the photographers’ voice and behind the scenes, and that made them my idols in an instant! I especially was struck by Stephen Wilkes’ film. Photography is visual, and in some cases, disturbing content may appear. On the contrary, however, it is the photographer who recreates it into something of a beauty. It is capable of attracting theΒ viewer, and further pulling them into its tangibility. Photography is capable of effecting and causing mental change. If you are around Los Angeles, this needs to be in the to-do-list! It’s also free for admission!