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.�