Eye Candy

The Secret Life of the Overlooked

How to find the hidden spots in your town.


  • moonchild October 17th, 2011 3:42 PM

    Wow this is really cool. Great photographs! I love this diy!


  • marimba_girl October 17th, 2011 3:44 PM

    I wish I knew Beck!!!!!!!!! Fab pics!

  • Anna F. October 17th, 2011 3:46 PM

    Oooh, Autumn, this gave me chills. I am not a photographer (blurry cell phone pics are my forte) but I really enjoyed reading about your perspectives on interpreting the world around you.

  • Maddy October 17th, 2011 3:53 PM

    I like this! Not exactly much of a diy, but full of inspiration.

    • Tavi October 17th, 2011 5:17 PM

      Yeah, I thought it would be cool to try to do a DIY that’s more about approaching some kind of art than a step-by-step tutorial. Would you guys wanna see more of these? The tutorials will stay but I like hearing about people’s process. Might just be my own geekiness though.

  • emilyelizabeth October 17th, 2011 4:08 PM

    i loved this! thank you so much for these inspiring images and helpful photography tips, Autumn. i grew up in los angeles (well, the valley) and recently moved to the east coast for college so it is wonderful to see pictures of california!

    • emilyelizabeth October 17th, 2011 4:10 PM

      p.s. i completely agree that you can never really know your city. there is so much to explore and things change so often that there is always something new to discover. which is kind of sad but also really exciting!

  • Harriet October 17th, 2011 4:19 PM

    Wow this was really interesting. It has inspired me, some of those photos were really moving.
    Being in England, I wait my whole evening for this first Rookie post and then have to save the next two for the next day. Seriously you guys are like a drug.

  • jessejames October 17th, 2011 4:23 PM

    Elliott Smith is pretty much my soul mate. I love his music and these pictures and Jenny and Johnny and Rodarte. I can’t even explain how much I love this magazine for featuring so many awesome people and referencing all my favorite movies and music and TV shows. Rookie is getting me through my senior year of high school which is becoming so much more exciting than I ever thought it would be!!!

  • Hazel October 17th, 2011 5:56 PM

    Now that mural has a stencil of Elliott Smith on it :) http://laist.com/2011/08/10/nameless_artists_mark_elliott_smith.php#photo-1

  • ebw343 October 17th, 2011 5:57 PM


    Is the bright blue Fairmont wagon Jenny and Johnny’s? Yours? Just parked there?

  • Catherine October 17th, 2011 6:25 PM

    this is really beautiful. i love los angeles. i can’t wait to go back home to this and more.

  • Gretchyn October 17th, 2011 7:00 PM

    Autumn de Wilde?!?! I love her!!!!!!!!!! Gosh, she’s an amazing photographer + I love her photog advice. Good good post.

  • Sugar October 17th, 2011 7:03 PM

    I’m so grateful for this… I just moved here, and have had a hard time wanting to be motivated to photograph (which used to be my passion) because of all the tourists taking pictures of my neighbourhood. Someday I will get past it. ( Not to mention that I sold my camera to buy a gift for my husband because I was unemployed…oh well!!)

  • Nomi October 17th, 2011 7:07 PM

    Love this!
    I live in NYC and I’m inspired to look at it differently now.

  • Leslie October 17th, 2011 7:42 PM

    It’s always good to find a new perspective on your surroundings.

  • diny October 17th, 2011 8:24 PM

    this makes me want to capture everything that interesting for me. sometimes, we have different way to explain this ‘interesting’.

  • wemisswhatweneverhad October 17th, 2011 8:24 PM

    All of the Loz Feliz shots are at the end of the alley by my old house, so many memories

  • darksideoftherainbow October 17th, 2011 8:29 PM

    this is very inspiring. thank you so much. and how lucky for you to have known elliot smith! your work is supremely awesome.

  • Madeleine October 17th, 2011 9:07 PM

    Autumn does an amazing job of showing what is there to be seen if you really look–at your surroundings (up, down, and sideways!)– at your memories, your obsessions– at color, shape, and unexpected juxtapositions–at the beauty in ugliness and the ugliness in beauty–at your own personal journey. And her best advice: always have your camera with you!

    Love, love the photo of the wig shop!

  • shayleigh October 17th, 2011 9:29 PM

    This is stunning, I am at a complete los for words. I live in Los Angeles which is a gaping wound of opportunity for amateur photographers like myself. I’ve been dying to go to the Figure 8 mural – I quite literally worship Elliott Smith. To be any age but 16…

  • October 17th, 2011 9:39 PM

    Tavi – I could watch an endless amount of documentaries on the subjects that I’m obsessed with, so I think I might like hearing about people’s process too (Geek like you <3).

  • bam-cha-wham-olivia October 17th, 2011 10:13 PM

    AUTUMN DE WILDE….ON ROOKIE….this is phenomenal…..so many of my favorite people on my favorite website….difficult. to. handle. with. normalcy!

    *commences breathing again*

    tavi~yes this kind of post is supremely interesting, in my opinion. I really enjoy reading about other photographer’s creative processes, tips, and whatnot for ideas.

    I loved the general topic of this post too! I live in a small town in Louisiana, and while it’s no LA(well technically it is an LA…..feel free to ignore my bad jokes), I love finding little unnoticed spots around town to photograph and generally sketchily hang out around.

    This was a great post! The consistency of this site is utterly magnificent.

  • Julia BR October 18th, 2011 12:19 AM

    I really enjoyed this post, its so interesting looking at how memories and thoughts can be linked into photographs through that perspective. Thanks heaps for the helpful tips!I especially enjoyed the power-line/ traffic light photo and the Peter Jenson lookbook photo.

  • andrewk October 18th, 2011 1:26 AM

    Well done Autumn!

  • samin93 October 18th, 2011 2:04 AM

    It’s really helpful hearing some professional’s process and the way they think that made them today.
    Tavi, why dont you share us yours?

  • insteadofanelephant October 18th, 2011 2:36 AM

    that peter pan picture just dunked my head into a mysterious pool of strange life flashes and nostalgia.

    instead of an elephant

  • Tessa October 18th, 2011 2:46 AM

    I loved this a great deal. I love finding the little things around me and taking the time to stop and look at them or photograph them. Walking around your neighborhood everyday can be something different each time if you want it to be.

    It is fascinating to see what people hold unique to them and recurring elements that pop up within photos.

    I tend to get this feeling that a billion people produce a billion different pictures, so what’s the point, but then I realize that just like power lines and snowflakes, pictures differ from one to another, even with the same subject.


  • elies October 18th, 2011 5:15 AM

    Thank you! I’m studying photography atm and I found this really interesting and stimulating. One of the best articles I’ve read in a long time, absolutely inspiring!

  • genina October 18th, 2011 4:22 PM

    I absolutely love the idea about looking for opposites. I’m not much of a photographer, but I think it’s a great rule of thumb for any art media. I feel like going outside and doing some sketching now!

    (Also, I am so excited for Autumn’s book on Beck that it’s kind of insane.)

  • Eleanor October 18th, 2011 7:49 PM

    this is incredible! it’s not often that you read photography tips that are more about inspiration/location than equipment/technical skills. even more inspiring that it’s from autumn de wilde! i’ve come away from this feeling so inspired.

    tavi – i’d love to see more features like this.

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