L.A. journalist and essayist Lynell George is a columnist for KCET’s Artbound and reports on a diverse range of topics, from social issues to the visual arts. You can check out her column here, including an article on the Los Angeles Public Library’s “Shades of L.A.: A Search for Visual Ethnic History” photo project, which was started 20 years ago.
Lynell will be reading her travelogue for the MY ATLAS series next week, August 14th, at Clockshop.
"I remember standing on a street corner with the black painter Beauford Delaney down in the Village, waiting for the light to change, and he pointed down and said, “Look.” I looked and all I saw was water. And he said, “Look again,” which I did, and I saw oil on the water and the city reflected in the puddle. It was a great revelation to me. I can’t explain it. He taught me how to see, and how to trust what I saw. Painters have often taught writers how to see. And once you’ve had that experience, you see differently."