405 & Magnola, Fountain Valley, CA by Brad Moore
Currently residing in: Laguna Beach, CA
These photographs were shot in modest, well-worn, suburban cities in central Orange County, California. Built in the 50s and 60s, these cities provided a new home and future to a post-war population. While southern Orange County's coastal cities flourish with affluence, central Orange County struggles. Future prosperity and civic health seem to come primarily from growing ethnic populations, which are reviving and recreating these cities for their communities.
I grew up in central Orange County. After 25 years I returned, and was fascinated by the simultaneous decline and growth. I stayed away from traditional, documentary-style photography, instead I have photographed only select buildings and the nearby shrubbery in primarily static, symmetrical compositions. Together, the buildings and foliage convey change, irony and evolution of place.
Born 1958, La Jolla, California
1976-1980 BS Art/Photography, Loma Linda University, Riverside, California
1981 Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California
1978 - 1981 Photography and Darkroom Instructor,
Loma Linda University, Riverside, California
1981 - 1985 Photofinishing Instructor,
Noritsu America Corporation, Buena Park, California
1984 - 2005 President, Aperion, Inc.,
Irvine, California (manufacturer and distributor of photographic color calibration products)