LOS ANGELES | CENTRAL AND BEACH CITIES | A TO Z
Playing around cliches in the land of extremes ... but hey, sometimes cliche are kinda true, no ?
I spent quite some time in California during the 90s, from 2007 to 2008 and then from 2013 to 2015.
For me, it's a place of inspiration and it clearly made me start photography.
I was already shooting with my iPhone but in Nov 2014, I bought my first Canon G7X and really got into it.
I documented what i saw on a daily basis in los angeles and especially in Southbay.
I was literally shooting like a mad man from 2014 to 2015 with a strange feeling of missing out all the Californias that I saw in the 90s because at that time, I wasn't taking pictures.
But I can say it now, with all the changes I've seen between my several stays, California is one of my favorite place on earth.
I particularly like the warm & cinematographic light, the free & creative people, the rich modern subculture scenes, the nature and the rapid escape possibility from the urban life that gives you a great feeling of freedom.
Of course, there are downsides like the social & political violence, the constant fight between the good & bad, the pollution & climate problems, the overpopulation and the totalitarism of some parts of the system.
What is inspiring is that the downsides tend to be sublimated into something surprising or even positive through the cultural and creative power of California.
I started to make sense of these pics afterwards by working on this essay about the american cliche of extremes in great as in very bad expressions. The constant fight between good and bad and the interdependance of these extremes and what it creates.
I struggled to finished the alphabet attribution and had to cheat a little bit from the original idea.
This essay represent my first steps at shooting pictures with my Canon G7X and iPhone 4 & 5.