“There ought to be a monument to the man who invented neon lights,” the fictional detective of Raymond Chandler’s crime novels once said.
Los Angeles itself could be that monument. Our boulevards are lined with neon pinks and blues. The oldest operating neon sign ever found was uncovered just last year.
Photographer Vicky Moon set out to document the neon signs that are slowly getting overtaken by flashing LED lights.
For her project “Expired LA” Moon hopped on her pink scooter and made long exposures with expired film. See more of her work on KPCC’s AudioVision.
“High in the hills of Randolph county is the isolated community of Helvetia, West Virginia. Settled shortly after the Civil War by a group of Swiss immigrants, many of the towns residents are descended from those original settlers and have maintained many of the Swiss customs and traditions.”
Woman in Helvetia, West Virginia (ca. 1890’s)