Friday, March 27, 2009
You Are Here
The accidental travel photography of L.A.’s most notable tourist
Schall is an oil and gas engineer who photographs buildings for fun. He lives near Stuttgart, Germany, but his muse is the modern architecture of Los Angeles, Calif. He has traveled there, almost annually, for more than a decade, and he publishes his photographs online at you-are-here.com—a website he started expressly for this purpose. His portfolio of about 2,000 images is continually growing. The Los Angeles Times called it “the ultimate online collection of photos documenting the city.” Schall just calls it a hobby for which Los Angeles is perfect.
“Today it’s a mix of many objectives,” he says of his photographic visits to L.A. “A lot about ‘collecting’ architects and their buildings; getting streets like Sunset Boulevard covered; seeing the latest buildings. Los Angeles is perfect for photography—great architecture, great light, wide streets. The city is practical for what I do because it’s a modern city and a big city. There’s always something new.”
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