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Talking in L.A. is a series of images captured in Bronson Canyon in Los Angeles - Hollywood, to be exact. The canyons are the rare destinations in L.A. where people enjoy walking and chatting, either with a friend or with strangers met on the path, as occurs in Central Park in New York or Hyde Park in London. The pace and the proximity to nature encourage intimacy, often rare in the typical coffee or lunch meeting. Much like connectedness in L.A.’s one-person-per-car-culture, the social vibrance of canyon hiking culture is not apparent in these images.

As I photograph the gold and green natural beauty that lies only minutes from urban streets, hikers pass behind me, engrossed in conversation – bits of which appear in the subtitles of the images in italics - as off-camera dialogue in a foreign film appears. It is Hollywood, after all.