Gallery: Los Angeles Without Traffic!

LA Without Traffic by Tom Baker, LA without traffic, traffic-less LA, Los Angeles without traffic, Los Angeles traffic, digital photography, Tom Baker digital art, fun with photoshop

It’s a ghost highway in the middle of LA! Not the result of road closures, the apocalypse, a zombie scare, or a massive increase in the price of petroleum, this series of car-less highways are the brainchild of photographer Tom Baker. Curious as to what a traffic-less Los Angeles would look like, Baker went ahead and created this vision through the wonders of photoshop. The result is a series of images that are eerily calming.

A number of realizations pop up when there are no cars on a highway. Concrete stretches out like an American lawn, part of the manufactured landscape. The mental din one usually associates with traffic seems to audibly fade. Somehow, the sight of an empty road causes a Pavlovian deep-breath response, as if the air were suddenly cleaner.

Baker’s other photo essays include National Parks and the LA Guardian Angels. The car-less LA was a school project for his photography studies at Brooks. A great bookend to this piece is Eve Mosher’s Insert __Here, which takes urban spaces and revitalizes them with the magic of photoshop.

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  1. martina_gt February 23, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    It looks a bit like a image of the metaphysica. A bit wierd – but cool!
    If it can help to reduce emissions I think it’s a good thing.:)

  2. antiwire December 20, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    That first image which contains the train bridge is not Los Angeles and in fact it is not even within Los Angeles county. The people who live in the city which that image was taken actually take pride in the fact that they do not live in Los Angeles at all. You might want to remove that image since it is not relevant to your LA traffic.

  3. digiTED November 20, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    This student’s work is VERY similar to the work of Matt Logue with his fantastic suite Empty LA

    I don’t know which came first, but Logue’s images are definitely more polished.

    Regardless of the who is ‘flattering’ whom, it’s a great concept and LA is the perfect location.

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