Through the Eyes of a Bus Rider: Photographs by Eddie Solis
Opening Reception: Sat. Sept. 12, 2015 (7-10 pm)
open by appointment to Sept. 30 (call 323-254-4565)
Chicken Boy Shop will be open during the reception
Eddie Solis’s photography show, Through the Eyes of a Bus Rider, is comprised of dozens of black-and-white photographs that document his travels on the Los Angeles Metro infrastructure. Southern California remains immersed in a predominantly car-based culture; however, as the Metro continues to expand services throughout the Southland, many Angelenos are embracing a car-free lifestyle.
The current Metro infrastructure allows commuters to travel efficiently from Orange county to the San Fernando Valley. “There are definitely more benefits than disadvantages to taking public transportation in Southern California,” says photographer Edward (Eddie) Emiliano Solis. These positives are reflected in riders’ finances and overall qualities of life, which are elaborated by everything the city has to offer, including its history, geography, and diverse cultures and lore. “Going car-free is a very good way to save money—no fuel, no car insurance, and no maintenance on a vehicle,” Solis continues. “No endless wild goose chases looking and paying for parking. It’s just on and off, off and on. We mitigate our daily stresses by walking more, seeing more, and connecting with our surroundings.”
Solis is a forty-year-old Angeleno, born in East Los Angeles and raised in Whittier. He is a 20-year music industry veteran who views public transportation as a chauffeured form of transport—Solis equates car-free with carefree. He sees himself as a global advocate for a car-free and eco-friendly lifestyle.
Solis’s experiences as a Los Angeles resident fuel his two-man hardcore duo, It’s Casual, and his well-known podcast Los Angeles Nista. For interviews or more information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or come meet him at the opening reception!