19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest The American Experience
Lydia Sheltering in Place

In April of 2020, I began photographing people sheltering in place. For the next 6 months, I zipped around the city’s empty freeways making environmental portraits of people I’ve met since arriving here 35 years ago. I photographed rabbis, rock stars, a deaf activist from Compton, a best-selling author, a Top Chef Masters TV personality, the president of KCRW, the chair of Amnesty International, a homeless woman who lives on Ballona Creek, and dozens of other wonderfully interesting and diverse Angelenos. This is a photo of Lydia who was sheltering in place in Topanga Canyon. She had recently been given the news that the city was going to force her to dismantle the incredible AirBnB she had spent years building.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 07.2020
Date Uploaded: 11.2021
Photo Location: Topanga Canyon, Ca, United States of America
Camera: ILCE-7M3
Copyright: © Alon Goldsmith