Seth Lower’s second photobook explores an observation he made about Los Angeles after moving to the city in 2010: the slippages between the real and mediated experience. Throughout the book, the comically unresolved drama of our unnamed “hero” emerges from several distinct elements: photographs of generic but oddly familiar movie set locations around the city; portraits of aspiring actors glaring into the sun; awkwardly poetic dialogue and screenplay notations lifted or modified from Hollywood blockbusters; and Lower’s own fabrications and personal anecdotes. Referencing works as diverse as Mulholland Drive and Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles, The Sun Shone Glaringly evokes all the tropes of the LA myth to address an essential question: how do popular representations of Los Angeles affect our everyday experience of the city? Thanks to The Ice Plant (Los Angeles).
80 pages, 18 x 23 cm, paperback, softcover, The Ice Plant (Los Angeles).