Echo Park photographer Tanya Sakolsky not only takes images of her surrounding neighborhood. She gives them back. That’s how my friend, Holly, came across a laminated photograph of her house — house number, actually — taped to the side of her front gate. The carefully composed image was one of the many photos Sakolsky posts on the doors and gates of the places that have caught her attention.
“I am really proud of some of the photographs that I have taken around the neighborhood, and laminating some of them and putting them up around the neighborhood was a way that I could share what I had been doing with people who would, hopefully, enjoy it.”
But photos of house numbers? “It has become clear to me that I have a soft spot for mailboxes and house numbers. For the most part, the photographs are just images that I come across walking around the neighborhood. They are a mixture of the Echo Park that was and the Echo Park that is.”
Sakolsky’s high regard for the humble house number, and other common elements of the neighborhood landscape, instantly won over Holly. She contacted Sakolsky, whose website address was written on the back of the photo in green marker, to thank her for finding art in an unexpected place. “The most interesting part,” said Holly, “is her distribution of images throughout the community, sharing a vision that others may pass without notice on a daily basis.”
If you are not one of those who have come home to find a Sakolsky photo taped to your front door, you can view her work on exhibit at Andiamo, 2815 W. Sunset Blvd., in Silver Lake 2815 until Oct 15.