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Elusive. Mysterious. Enigmatic. Smoke. These are the words I use to describe this figure.

My Bigfoot, I always kept an eye out for him. Not once did I see him carrying the helmet, a lightsaber, or anything to indicate his day job was working Hollywood blvd. though that seemed the obvious answer. However, I began to accept, and hope, that the other answer was the truth – this is who he was and dawned the cloak as he would any other piece of clothing.

I'd glimpsed him about a dozen times during my 8 years in DTLA. His expression always heavy, his steps always lunging and long, the front of his cape held closed and close to his body while the rest billowed behind. I have many shots of him disappearing into alley ways, flying across the opposite side of the street, and vanishing behind walls, but on this day, he seemed to appear in front of me without notice as I crossed Broadway on 5th. Perhaps it was the surprise that allowed me to get so close to him this time. I quickly set my shutter to continuous, a practice I normally avoid, and selected my focal length within a time span of 4 or 5 steps, then shot off a burst until I'd passed him. His cape brushing my leg, I continued walking until I was certain I was out of his site. While I'm embarrassed to say I had about 12 shots, most which consisted of the inside of his cape, 4 frames in, I'd captured what is absolutely one of my favorite shots.

From nothing over years, to more than I had hoped – peering through the curtains of his cape, all the details that I captured would have been more than enough, but on this day, in this shot, I'd aligned him perfectly below B GRAND next to a somewhat newly painted hydrant with all the makings of a droid.

He seemed to me the perfect incarnation of a young Vader with his longing expression and a presence that felt as if he carried the weight of the world, alone.

Creator

IMAGHOSTXO

imaghostxo.eth

I’m a Street Photographer from DTLA who believes that capturing truth requires the absence of me.

I’ve slept, worked, and lived in the streets of DTLA all my life.

Most recently, I lived in the center of the city, at 7th and Spring, and shot every single day for 8 years.

I shoot with at 23mm fixed lens, so I have to get close to my subjects. I’m not a sniper. I believe that if I can’t get close enough to catch the shot, I don’t deserve it.

My work is candid. My shots are unposed. My goal is to simply be present and distinctly attentive to the moments swirling around me with the single intention to capture any of an unfathomable amount of impossible alignments that go unseen every day.

To pull from my Genesis: We are stars. Expelled & dying flashes of light. Some named, held in awe. Some ignored, most unseen. An eternal cycle of peerless moments; the ephemeral beauty of simply being, burning, and dying before each other’s eyes.

Many of us go through life questioning our value. I hope that my work captures the fact that you are immense, powerful, and perfect every moment you are alive.

Thank you for being here.

Properties

Rights

Extended Editorial

Site

DTLA

Status

No Longer There

Spectrum

B/W

Artist

IMAGHOSTXO

Edition

1/1

Dimensions

2820x4956

Filetype

JPG

License

Extended Editorial

Can be used to display privately, or in commercial and non-commercial settings, or in groups with an unlimited number of participants. The license includes unlimited use and display in virtual or physical galleries, documentaries, and essays by the NFT holder. Provides no rights to create commercial merchandise, commercial distribution, or derivative works.

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