Interview with Sallie Harrison: Geometric LA
Art director Sallie Harrison lives and works as graphic designer and photographer in Los Angeles, a city from which she draws all her inspiration. This is also true of her photographic series “Geometric LA”, which is composed of pastel, architectural photographs. We have used one of these photographs for the cover of form 271 with a focus on the theme of danger.
As an art director and visual designer with your own design studio you realise photographic advertising campaigns as well as web design and computer illustrations. What is your personal focus?
Basically it comes down to abstract composition and shapes. That translates into all the different types of work and medias.
In which of these three fields did you start working?
I was formally trained in graphic design.
“Geometric LA” is an ongoing study focused on the variety of geometric patterns and lines in the architecture of Los Angeles. What has inspired you to work on this project?
It came about when I first visited Los Angeles and then moved there the same year. All of the architecture in LA is so diverse and beautiful, it ranges from art deco to modernist. Los Angeles is such a massive sprawling city, too, so there are always lots of undiscovered neighbourhoods and areas. For me it was a way to discover a new city.
The characteristic of “Geometric LA” and “Whit” is the interplay of pastel colours, architecture, and shadows. Is this a photographic trend of our time in your opinion?
Yes, although I have noticed that the pastel trend is slowly moving to the backseat, functioning now as secondary colours, compliments to darker shades and jewel tones.
To which free project do you want to devote yourself to in the future?
Currently, I am taking a class in user experience design and really having fun learning a new skill and being out of my element.
You are based in Los Angeles. Which place do you go to when the city doesn’t inspire you anymore?
Luckily, LA still inspires me but I’ve enjoyed hiking a lot lately in the nearby Griffith Park in the Santa Monica Mountains. Being outside and up high always feel like a refresh button.