TOWARD A NEW HORIZON: Curated by New Orleans based photography collective Southerly Gold, five female-identified photographers were given theme/prompts to create work to contemplate, explore, and visualize the five elements: earth, water, air, fire, and spirit. 

“It is hard for people who have not lived in Los Angeles to realize how radically the Santa Ana figures in the local imagination. The city burning is Los Angeles's deepest image of itself; Nathanael West perceived that, in The Day of the Locust; and at the time of the 1965 Watts riots what struck the imagination most indelibly were the fires. For days one could drive the Harbor Freeway and see the city on fire, just as we had always known it would be in the end. Los Angeles weather is the weather of catastrophe, of apocalypse, and, just as the reliably long and bitter winters of New England determine the way life is lived there, so the violence and the unpredictability of the Santa Ana affect the entire quality of life in Los Angeles, accentuate its impermanence, its unreliability. The wind shows us how close to the edge we are.”
– Joan Didion, Slouching Towards Bethlehem
First set of images courtesy of WPA Collection, Los Angeles Public Library

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