Cornerstone West LA :: Inside Out Project

Several months ago I had the pleasure of working with one of my good friends, Abe Serrano, on a local extension of a global art movement called the Inside Out Project.

It was originally created by a French street artist known simply by the moniker "JR". The basic premise is to shoot portraits of people, blow the prints up and paste them on buildings, roofs, walls, and anywhere else they might make a visual kerfuffle.

It's pretty amazing how a simple picture of someone's face can bring such a personal touch and put the humanity back into the blanket perception of an organization, group, culture, etc.

Here's the official awareness trailer:



I'm excited to (finally) share the product of our project efforts in conjunction with the family of my local church, Cornerstone West Los Angeles. We set up  a fairly simple two light seamless backdrop in the gym one Saturday morning and had a group of folks both young and younger come in and each do a quick portrait session. The images were blown up, printed out on poster paper, and pasted on the street side of the church campus building a few weeks after. As you can see, our congregational family is pretty stiff and lacks any sense of humor*.

Here is a link to the full gallery: Cornerstone West LA Inside Out

*If you believe that, I have a paper yacht to sell you. Great price. Only one owner. Maiden voyage.

Here is a quick BTS image of the setup and a glimpse at the finished portraits being pasted up along the road. Huge thanks to everyone involved!

I've heard several great stories of the surprise and curiosity expressed from various people seeing the images as they passed by.


One of my favorite things about the community at Cornerstone West LA is the diversity of the congregation and I'm sure it's the same at many of the churches in the city. I feel like this is a microcosm of Los Angeles, America, and our world as a whole. It's a privilege to be able to come together and celebrate the family that God has brought together, even through a simple mix of a camera, paper, glue, and a bunch of goofy expressions.

If it's sparked even one conversation and chance to share the joy of the Good News, consider it mission accomplished.