Photographer Josh Pacheco shows off his Vegas, an Instagram-worthy metropolis in the heart of the desert.
Las Vegas is the kind of place that reveals itself in layers. People who stick around long enough are rewarded with a rare perspective of one of the world’s most familiar cities. Take 36-year-old photographer Josh Pacheco, who moved to Vegas from San Diego in 1998 and now catalogs his impressions of life as a local on his über-popular Instagram account, @joshpacheco__. Glance at Pacheco’s snapshots and you might assume you’re looking at the Vegas of the future—an illuminated fantasyland tinged with shades of Blade Runner or Gotham City, plus a touch of the Martian landscape thrown in for good measure, courtesy of nearby Valley of Fire State Park (one of Pacheco’s favorite locations to shoot, along with Vegas’s historic Downtown). “What truly sets Vegas apart from other cities is that you can capture clean lines and modern architecture,” Pacheco remarks, “or drive just 25 minutes away to capture a beautiful desert landscape.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.