For several years I’ve been photographing payphones. As sometimes happens with a documentary filmmaker, what started as a simple hobby evolved into a full-blown project. But rather than organizing my material into a traditional linear story, Instagram has become the medium for this ongoing exploration of the rapidly disappearing public phone in Los Angeles. Unless noted, all photos and videos are shot by myself on my Pixel 2/3 smart phone – adding a deliciously ironic subtext to the entire project.
4752 Huntington Dr S, Los Angeles, CA 90032
650 S Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90057
1721 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017
In a sea of #stucco
Melrose Ave near Western
3940 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004
You know, if you're doomed to live out the rest of your days as a payphone stump, you could find a worse spot than this one. City of Arcadia (thus the lack of stickers and mini-graff), got some shade, and ...
This little guy has a caretaker. Besides the fresh coat of paint, peep how the cavities of this payphone stump have been carefully covered over. Very precise work!
6801 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90042
Now this I've never seen... a payphone embedded INSIDE the #busstop . I could imagine this might be a common arrangement somewhere like New England with weather. But in #Burbank , CA??? 🤔 Is this something you are familiar with? ... What a collision of worlds! We've got a former payphone, a free book library, and #yarnbombing all rolled into one!
5570 N Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA. 90042
A beautifully adorned shell with the message, "You are Beauty." The overhead payphone sign has been painted over with the slogan "Art Heals" (pic 2). Love it!! 👏👏👏 5469 Huntington Dr N, Los Angeles, CA 90032
401 S Boyle Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90033
This one is kinda amazing. If the scouring marks are any indication, it looks like someone actually maintains it or at least keeps it trash and graff-free. By its location, I'm guessing that is no small task either! It's located ... I get so much satisfaction out of the juxtaposition of payphone with trash can - not payphone AS trashcan mind you (looking at you @screwyblooms 👀). This particular machine looks to be in working order, but, as I've often learned, ...