Los Angeles South Gate Bridge

South Gate is a suburb located 7 miles southeast of Downtown Los Angeles. I had planned going there to shoot the symbolic bridge for at least two years, always waiting for the perfect waiting conditions that included fast-moving clouds. This bridge serves as a meeting spot for teenagers living in the area and also as a backdrop for photographers like most bridges in LA.

First Day Scouting The South Gate Bridge (no clouds for a time-lapse photo sequence)
First day scouting the South Gate Bridge (no clouds for a time-lapse photo sequence)

The structure itself is a relic, built in 1930, however one may expect that the bridge will be demolished somewhere in time. It’s all rusty and painted with graffiti, and the railroad is no longer being used. For some reason, most old bridges in LA have have become a cultural symbol of the city’s urban landscape.

First day scouting the South Gate Bridge – Those weird things you find there...
First day scouting the South Gate Bridge – Those weird things you find there…

This past weekend I visited this location during three days in a row and saw a lot of weird things happening while I was there… more things than you can imagine. There is easy access to the bridge from Salt Lake Avenue but never go there at night.

Second day at the South Gate Bridge (tons of clouds!)
Second day at the South Gate Bridge (tons of clouds!)
Third day at the South Gate Bridge using a motorized tripod head for a classic pan
Third day at the South Gate Bridge using a motorized tripod head for a classic pan
Don't forget to follow the rules and keep the LA River clean!
Don’t forget to follow the rules and keep the LA River clean!

Ralph.

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