Many people think they know LA, but there is one extraordinary district that seems forgotten to all but a few: West Adams.
Home to the greatest architectural treasure West of the Mississippi of Victorian, Queen Anne, Beaux Arts, Egyptian Revival, Mission and Craftsman homes, the stories of West Adams are just as wild as the houses.
Which is why I need to do Untold LA.
Untold LA: A lavish, beautiful interactive photo book for the iPad and Web which will document the amazing homes of West Adams and tell the stories, past and present of the people who live here.
Think of it as an interactive Life or National Geographic photo essay including in-depth video interviews with the residents and historians of the area.
West Adams, where deed covenants dictated you HAD to spend a fortune if you wanted to build here. The result? You can see for yourself in some of the quick snaps taken as I wandered the neighborhood.
The amount you had to spend to build here wasn't the only covenant though. Another one? You couldn't sell or rent to black folk. That covenant was challenged, the case went to court and the good guys won. One of the good guys - local resident, and Gone With the Wind star, Hattie McDaniel.
(There were many more stars and notables who have lived in West Adams over the years, watch the video at top to find out more!)
The book will be available on the iBooks store for between $1.99 to $4.99. But the iPad itself is still a luxury item, so all of the material for Untold LA, all the photos and video, will be available for free to everyone on the web. Think of what a resource this could be, not only to residents in the area but to artists, architects and designers the world over who will get access to the amazing craftsmanship we have here.
The project will take two months, this June and July:
- June: One month for to photograph homes, both exterior and interior, and interview the residents on video, gathering stories of this extraordinary place.
- July: Another month to work with the iBook and web designer to marshal the material and make it available to the public.
- $3300 - Medium Format camera rental or Nikon D800 body purchase
- $750 - Lens rental
- $500 - Web and iBook Designer
- $750 - iPad for iBook development
- $700 - Stipend for Jett so he can eat during the two months of the project
- $700 - Kickstarter/Amazon fees
- $300 - Rewards fulfillment
If we can raise more we can do more. If we raise more I can shoot more. There is such an embarrassment of riches here, in my month of shooting I'll barely be able to scratch the surface of what we have in West Adams. And if we raise a bit more than I think we can even put out a print book!
If you haven't watched the video at top yet, please do, it'll give you a flavor of the architectural beauty in West Adams, and if you live in LA or nearby I suggest you come down here and see the area for yourself. I'm convinced you'll fall in love with it as I have and understand why we've got to do this project.
- (29 days)