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Alexa Cushing highlights the vulnerability of Los Angeles

Alexa Cushing DueWest 12

Alexa Cushing is a photographer based in Boston, MA. She has recently graduated in the College of Art and Design in Massachusetts, where she earned a BFA in Photography. For her projects, she travels around the rural area of New England by car, fixing images that reproduce a sense of magic from the everyday landscape. Recently, Alexa also made several journeys out west towards Los Angeles, California, where she has been making photographs for her on-going project.

Her visual language narrates sentimental perceptions of reality connecting with places while being impacted by memories. She chooses details and plays with light, enhancing the harsh impacts of time, weather, and people on contexts, underlining their vulnerability. 

About ‘Due West’ – words by Alexa Cushing:

For generations, countless photographers have traveled westward across America to take part in a voyage symbolic of a better life and a fresh start. Lured by the opportunity of the Golden State in a way that is almost as biblical as the promised land, the promises of Los Angeles can appear virtually mythical. Due West joins a conversation that has been ongoing between photographers throughout history. The landscape of Southern California becomes subverted in these photographs, transforming the recognizable into an alien landscape. Los Angeles exists here as an unlikely combination of glamour and fracture, highlighting the uneasiness of the city.

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12 September 2019
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