Growing up as a kid in Chicago, LA always held an aura of intrigue and mystery. How was it possible that - while I was busy shoveling the snow off our driveway - Angelenos could be out riding their bikes and working on their tans? Given this curiosity, I suppose it was only a matter of time before I moved there to find out what it was all about.
Now that I'm here, it's turned out to be different than I expected. Sure, all of the stereotypes about this place are true: the traffic and the attitude are exactly as advertised. Yet, after spending a little time here, you eventually find yourself looking at something unique or strange and thinking: I'd never see this in another city.
So this was my mission for this year: spend some time getting to know this place. What makes it so great? Why are we all willing to pay mortgage-sized rents and live in buildings that are one earthquake away from collapse to live here?
Throughout the adventure, I always had my camera with me because Angelenos are nothing if not worried about their outward appearance. This book therefore captures some of the more picturesque scenes that I encountered during my weekend travels.
After all that, I'm not sure that I've started to figure anything out about this place. However, I can confirm that it's a special city because the LA magic has affected me, as well: it's a place where anything is possible, as long as you have the skill and desire to be creative.
Raised in Chicago, tempered in Arizona, and recently deported from New Mexico, Dave lives in Santa Monica with his wife Carlie. When he's not out with his camera, he spends his time trying to turn every activity into an art project.