An image in photographer Elena Dorfman's new series on the Los Angeles River shows a magnificent landscape with quintessential Spanish-style, red-tile-roof L.A. homes nestled in green hillsides, a glassy blue stream in the foreground lined with verdant foliage.
Unfortunately, you can't visit this scenic paradise because it doesn't exist.
"It's a snapshot of L.A. that existed in my memory," Dorfman said of her interpretations of reality. "I embellish what I think tells a story."
In Dorfman's series, a single picture is actually a collage composed of hundreds of minute details compiled from her original photography and...