Eagle Rock is a neighborhood in Los Angeles, squeezed between Pasadena, Glendale, and Highland Park - it is home to Occidental College, and it is also where I grew up and now reside. It is unusual in that it keeps a small town feel in a big city. I can pretty much count on running old friends and acquaintances whenever I go to buy groceries.
Eagle Rock has been trending for the past 10 years, but it is still easy to find the old with the new. Before the hip coffee shops, bars, and dining locations, Eagle Rock was known as a great place to find a mechanic - and there are still dozens of body shops packed into its 4.25 square miles. This is one reason I wanted to photograph it: I can't say if this is local culture, or more widespread, but mechanics in my area hand paint their buildings, and often signage, with great bold colors - which photographs very well.
The two main streets in Eagle Rock are Colorado, and Eagle Rock Blvd, the intersection of which is iconic to the area - and has also been used in several movies and commercials. On this shoot, I only walked around the Eagle Rock Blvd side of town. I mostly was looking for colors and textures, so many of the photos do not serve to say much about the area, and are not easily recognizable.