How Taking Photos Made Me Love My Adopted Hometown
Taking thousands of photos hasn’t made me learn the city any faster—if it takes 10 years to become a real New Yorker, as former mayor Ed Koch insists, it must require at least 15 to turn into an Angeleno, camera or not. But in a city full of secret worlds, my lens captures details I might have otherwise missed. Too often, people reserve photography for when they’re traveling—we don’t expect to be surprised in our own hometowns, whether we’ve lived there for one year or 30. But when I’ve got a camera in my hand, I can use that same spirit of exploration that guides a trip abroad to keep things exciting at home.