Brian O’Neill

Brian F. O’Neill is a sociologist by trade, and writer/photographer by passion. His work is concerned with issues of urban infrastructure, environmental politics, and mobilities. He currently holds the position of Ocean Nexus Fellow in the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Washington. He has published numerous books, articles and essays in both popular and scholarly outlets, such as Nature Water, The Society Pages, Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space, and many more. In 2021, Brian began his “Transects Sequence” of artist books with Beach Boulevard (published with Immaterial Books), wherein he draws from the scientific tradition of utilizing certain geographic segmentations of territory as a means to social structural, but also affective, investigation.

Southern California is many things. Quite infamously, it is known as a landscape defined by the automobile, from the emergence and diffusion of the highway system to fast food burgers, and the suburbanization of the United States. Walking this place then, would seem not only inconvenient, but ill advised. In… Read more »