A Year in the Life of Larchmont Boulevard

Without meaning to, photographer Michelle Groskopf snapped enough pictures of her favorite L.A. street to fill an exhibit

When photographer Michelle Groskopf started taking pictures on Larchmont Boulevard in 2014, she was looking desperately for a job—and a distraction. “It was a really horrible time for me and in order to just kind of keep my spirits forward I decided to wander around my neighborhood and shoot a bit,” she says, looking back. She soon fell in love with Larchmont’s small-town charm and history and found herself returning day after day to watch other locals going about their business—having meetings, going on dates, shopping, and walking their children. Twelve months and a few thousand snapshots later, she’s amassed a collection of work that documents a year in the life of an L.A. neighborhood. “I started to notice details I think anybody who would just walk through may not notice,” she says of the project, which was recently featured in gallery show in Boston. “I also noticed a ton of faces, people who had grown up in the neighborhood and are now seniors with great stories.” In addition to finding a muse, Groskopf had first conversations with neighbors she now considers friends. And lots of waffle cones with Stumptown Coffee and Compartes Love Nuts ice cream. “I often get great shots of people eating at Salt & Straw,” she says. “It’s really good.”