If we had not started building houses and cities our eyes would have been able to see miles and miles away without any distraction. In some ways we would have felt a sense of sameness in many parts of the world, seeing a homogeneous landscape without contrasts, an opposite definition to that of a city, especially one as large as Los Angeles.
Photographer Andrew Soria has captured this detail of his city, namely the layering of contrasting elements that define the landscape and different neighborhoods.
Andrew Soria in this series made with collages of different photographs wants to celebrate the identity of the city by representing the characteristic elements of each neighborhood. Store and fast food signs as well as skyscrapers thus appear as a guide to the city’s different neighborhoods, but also a narrative of the condition of those who live in them, whether poverty or extreme wealth.
The photographer says his Welcome to the Neighborhood series “This project aids in the beautification process of the city, and helps build a sense of character amongst locals and tourists alike. It brings awareness, nostalgia, and a sense of pride to its vibrant neighborhoods.”
You can follow Andrew Soria’s digital work and pop-surrealist cityscapes on his Instagram account.