Austin Irving

2015 - Ongoing

Mexico City, Mexico; East Los Angeles, California, United States; Los Angeles, California, United States; Santa Monica, California, United States; Brentwood, California, United States; Sausalito, California, United States; Joshua Tree, California, United States

PLANTS IN EXILE is a study of anthropocentrism and its effects on plant life in urban environments. This series explores the intersection between flora and city planning, specifically how plants are manipulated and distorted to the whims of city dwellers. Are these plants victims of the myopic relationship humans have with their environments? Or are these plants defiant heroes, surviving in spite of human intrusions?

The images included in this series were made with a Toyo Field camera on 4x5 color negative.

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  • Jazzercise, Joshua Tree, CA, 2018

  • Lincoln Heights Fire Truck Maintenance, Los Angeles, CA, 2019

  • Lincoln Heights Sanitation, Los Angeles, CA, 2019

  • Spring Street Community Garden, Los Angeles, CA, 2017

  • Ronald Reagan State Building, Los Angeles, CA, 2019

  • 16th & Georgina, Santa Monica, CA, 2015

  • Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA, 2019

  • Roma Norte, Mexico City, Mexico, 2018

  • South Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 2015

  • 17th Street, Santa Monica, CA, 2019

  • Drive Thru, Sausalito, CA, 2019