House Proud

9.24.2008

By Jordan Hruska

In her mini-mall photos, rendered from across a Los Angeles street, the two-story subjects aren't just the easily ignored conglomerations of consumer culture, but giant faces built up over time with experience, character, and desire. 'Are these iconic L.A.? I don't know. What is iconic, anyway?' asks Opie.

Whether with head-on shots of cabaret impresario Justin Bond or with high-angle shots of expansive highway interchanges or wet-suited California surfers or crystalline city skylines at night or her self-portraits as her masculine alter ego 'Bo,' Opie examines what we build around ourselves for ourselves.

Opie's personal desire for a long-term relationship pushed her to travel thousands of miles around America to document partnered lesbians in their homes for a series called 'Domestic.'

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