West Wall, Unoccupied Industrial Structure, 20 Airway Drive, Costa Mesa.
South Wall, Mazda Motors, 2121 East Main Street, Irvine
Baltz believed in viewing the series as a collective whereby one single photograph did not have precedence over another. This reinforces the idea that the suburban typology was to be read as a whole, its physical reaction with landscape and vice verse. Baltz does not hint at the use of the building nor its habitation and labels all photographs. They are what they are.
Baltz plays on stark contrasts, barren landscapes and strong geometric planes. Lighting plays an important role, most photographs are devoid of shadow. Reflective surfaces capture the horizon. The skyline blends into the plastered surfaces of the building and photographs are devoid of human occupation. The framed space although truthful in expression becomes almost surreal, devoid of human emotion, perhaps a pun on American suburbia?
East Wall, Western Carpet Mills, 1231 Warner, Tustin
South Wall, H&K Industries, 1611 South Boyd Street, Santa Ana
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