Labor Day Sunday in Vernon / by Bettina Niedermann

Inspired by the HBO Show True Detective, I decided to photograph my friend and artist Theodosia Marchant in Vernon, CA. Having never been there and located just 5 miles south of Downtown Los Angeles, my curiosity was driven by the reputation that this city holds. So I had to see for myself. 

Well, it was interesting to say the least. If I had to describe it in one sentence I would say: It feels like you are walking towards the end of the world. As an artist I crave the run down industrial look and feel. Give me some steel, rusty beams and a deserted warehouse and I am happy. However this town left me feeling quite empty and with little desire to return. There was just a chilling vibe in the air that I can't quiet describe.

We ended the day in the Arts District - one of my favorite parts of LA.

Theodosia Marchant, Abstract Painter. To view Theo's work please visit