After ten years of living on the beach, where I documented the denizens of Venice, especially the street people, this life-long Los Angelina has moved east to an 8th floor live/work space in the heart of the downtown L.A. renaissance. I’ve turned my camera on its inhabitants, specifically the less-privileged ones, many of whom are being displaced by a combination of urban renewal, eager developers and the influx of over ten thousand upwardly mobile residents in just the past year. I’m less sure now than when I became one of those ten thousand, that we can call it progress.
“Don’t You Worry, Child,” was shot at a local chain restaurant. I was struck by the worried look on the woman’s face juxtaposed with the t-shirt’s admonishment.
“You Count, Help Is Here” was taken on Grand Avenue near the Grand Central Market. The stairs were covered with encouragement for anyone bothering to look up. Both photos were shot in Spring 2013.
Find Alexis Rhone Fancher’s work in Rattle, Fjords Review, The MacGuffin, BoySlut, High Coupe, Gutter Eloquence, Poeticdiversity, Good Men Project, Bare Hands, The Poetry Super Highway, The Juice Bar, numerous anthologies, and elsewhere. Her photographs, published world-wide, include the covers of Witness and The Mas Tequila Review. She is a member of Jack Grapes Poets and Writers Collective. Nominated for two Pushcart Prizes in 2013, Alexis is poetry editor of Cultural Weekly.