LIFE
FORCE
The magazine of the photo-essay
September 2017 issue
Lost in LA
photographs by Christopher Thomas words by Ira Stehmann
“A free, really high quality photo-essay magazine.  Fabulous!” Stephen Fry. British actor, writer and film maker
Is that really Los Angeles? Don’t we have a completely different picture of this city in our minds? Hollywood stars and the Oscars, Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, Sunset Boulevard, bodybuilders on Venice Beach, girls in bikinis in Santa Monica, and freeways up to twelve lanes wide, all bathed in the light of the sun and set against a blue sky. And what’s happened to all the vehicles? After all, Los Angeles is the city with the highest density of automobiles in the world with endless gridlock and lines with thousands upon thousands of cars. Christopher Thomas astounds viewers with his black-and-white photographs of the city, devoid of people and cars, which are so very different from anything else we have seen before. As if from another era, his images reveal the city’s seemingly invisible secrets. Unlike documentary and conceptual photography, he succeeds in eliciting a magic from
individual buildings, squares, and urban landscapes. It would appear as if he can expose the essence of all things.  
Union Gas Station.
Bubba Gump.
Chiat Day Binoculars Building.
Coasters Drive-In.
Cross Roads of the World.
Dockweiler Beach.
Ghost Rider.
Hollywood Mural.
Hollywood Sign.
Huntington Beach.
McDonalds.
Norms.
Randy’s Donuts.
Santa Monica Beach.
Theme Building.
Venice Sign.
Walt and Mickey.
Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Westlake Theatre.
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