Lauren Lemay's new documentary shows a quick glimpse into the photography world of Kevin Break of The Jesus Wall Studio who shoots photos of the bridges from downtown Los Angeles.
Kevin has been shooting the bridges over the LA River for about five years now, and prefers moody, mysterious late-night shots that startle the viewer that such a world exists literally under their cars as they cross LA.
Kevin (kevinbreak.com) has been hired by LA City to shoot the 1st Street Bridge renovation, now in its fourth year, and comes back after hours to capture, or create, the artistic views so different from the daytime.
He prefers to shoot freehand but sometimes uses a tripod, and prefers to shoot after 2am, mostly, since the riffraff should be asleep by then.
Other than running across taggers, Kevin's biggest fear is running over bottles, and police harassment. Kevin Break keeps a close watch on the weather and especially loves to watch the doppler rain radar. If there is a heavy rain fall over the valley, Kevin Break is sure to grab his camera and run to the viaducts. From there he has river shots of Main Street Bridge, Broadway Street Bridge, Fourth Street Viaduct, Sixth Street Bridge, and Seventh Street Bridge.
The especially dangerous ones are at the 110 and the railway bridge called Midway. The water moves very fast there and the ground is treacherous.
The best view of the bridges is from the top of Elysian park where there are also sweeping views of the valley. But, an especially clear day is what is needed for the best pictures.
Kevin Break has been photographing people in his studio down town Los Angeles called The Jesus Wall, and only for the past five years did he decide to photograph the architecture of the city. Kevin admires the feminine curves of the concrete and the masculine strips of steal that hold the bridges together. He loves to shoot just before the sun rises and sets however the air is clear and much colder in the morning pictures. But the night pictures have more lights on. Kevin has been waiting for two years for the lights to come back on the Sixth street Bridge, and when they did, they were a different color.
Most of the images are shot on a Canon 5D and now a 5D2, with a variety of primes and zooms.
Kevin Break enjoys photographing the Sixth street Bridge and Lauren LeMay decided to follow him and make a documentary.
"I have a lot of footage already, however I am attempting to go back and reshoot with a steady cam. I am planning to complete the film in the next three months, and I have learned a lot about the bridges of Los Angeles" said Lauren LeMay.