This is not Here

We hit LA for a survey of cool guys who capture the new essence of Lost Angeles

October, 2009 | Interview with Dominic Sidhu

On the man and the mountain:

Los Angeles and the West were based upon the notion of possibility and reinvention and I am attracted to the idea that California is so forgiving. My favorite nights are spent alone atop of Mount Pinos photographing the stars and making abstractions from celestial light. It is a powerful and frightening place at 8000 feet, but it really feels worlds away from the buzz of the city.

On the man and the river:

Two years ago my car was stolen and set on fire, since then I have been biking almost exclusively. Traveling at a slower pace changes the way that one sees and experiences the city, and was probably what caused me to take notice of the Los Angeles River. I must have passed over the river hundreds of times on the way to my studio by car, but it was not until I started biking that I really saw what was taking place in and around the river. There is really nothing that you can see from the cars in L.A. other than your own reflection.

On leaving Los Angeles:

Los Angeles doesn't ever end, it continues out and pervades the world, it is impossible to escape.. Like the L.A. River, it is encased in concrete and resembles nothing of its bucolic past. It was the river's historical unpredictability and the city's exploding population that resulted in the river looking as it does today. But it is within this controlled architecture that exotic and foreign plants have taken root in the cracks, and the homeless and the dispossessed have found settlement and in some cases, occupy islands within the river. Los Angeles is really just a bunch of islands of varying descriptions. Being able to escape is more a matter of the mind, rather than defining an edge.

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VMAN, 2009