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inner excavate-along guest contributor: kristen perman

Today, we are checking back in with Inner Excavation contributor Kristen Perman. Kristen's New York City photo walk series in Chapter 1 is a favorite of mine. When she sent over the pictures while I was writing the book, I pretty much jumped up and down. As you read this section of Chapter 1, I hope you will be inspired by her words about her photo walk practice.  

Since the book's publication, Kristen has moved across the country to the west coast, and below, she shares how that has changed her photo walk adventures. 


Photo walking in Los Angeles is very different than New York. When I'd go to Manhattan, my only plan was deciding what subway station stop to emerge from, the corridors of Manhattan a box full of jewels waiting for me.

Los Angeles proper, is not a large place. When one hears of Los Angeles, it's really L.A. County that's being talked about. A vast, sprawling metropolis made up of little cities and towns spreading over 4,752 square miles. 

I'm incredibly fortunate to live in a little city by the sea with a surplus of elements to shoot. And while I love the beach and everything that goes with it (especially when I'm out with my arsenal of cameras), I possess an urban heart. 

My photo walks here on the west coast are all about the destination (we are a driving culture here after all).  I look to the streets and neighborhoods in the 90001 for inspiration when I'm planning a day of shooting.

What do I want to see?  What am I hoping to capture? 

Kristen Perman is a California based photographer inspired by the urban suburban setting and lifestyle. A Polaroid enthusiast, Kristen's work unearths the beauty of life in a city surrounded by nature; an evocative collection of images of the everyday and familiar.

More of Kristen's work can be found here: 


(post photos copyright Kristen Perman)


Please feel free to use this participant button on your blogs and in your blog posts as you share about your Inner Excavate-along adventures. You can link to the Inner Excavate-along main information page so that others will know how to sign up and join in on the fun!

Update: The Inner Excavate-along was a free read-along on my blog in the summer of 2012. All the posts are here on the blog, but I'm not directing a group through it with newsletters etc. at this time. I hope you enjoy following along! Find out more about my book, Inner Excavation: Explore Your Self Through Photography, Poetry and Mixed Mediahere.

Reader Comments (9)


June 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbella

thank you my friend. xo

June 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkristen

it's a treat to look at this city through your eyes! you do really notice so much!

June 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjojo

the grittiness of these photos is so beautiful...

June 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermichelle gd

These photos are so interesting...love the colors and textures in the last two. Thanks for sharing.

June 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

So inspiring, Kristen!
Especially love that last image with all its layers and colors and textures.
That single photo contains many narrative and a lot of history.

June 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMary C. Nasser

Dear Kristen, you find the best street art!

June 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCelina

Beautiful images to reflect on...I lost the last two, also~
Thanks for sharing Kristen's voice :D

June 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterElla

I really enjoyed this....thank you

June 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGkgirl

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