The Nowhere City.
« A city made up of all sort of things that we all are familiar with, but altogether these things form a city that resembles no other, to the extent that one may wonder wether this actually is a city…. »
When visiting Los Angeles for the first time, one is struck by the unknown urban form he or she encounters. It demands time and several visits to apprehend this megacity made of single family houses and orange tree gardens, a gigantic suburb built in less than a century after a singular urban model.
« Ex centric », Los Angeles defies the traditional hallmarks of European and American city planning. It is extraordinary in size, limited by the ocean on one side and ceaselessly sprawling the desert on the other. The urban fabric seems boundless, a series of villages ignoring one another disjointed by freeways and miles long avenues. A fragmented space from which human presence seems to have faded away. One passes through Los Angeles from one point to another. The automobile was erected as symbol of existence in a city that does not care for strolling. It becomes a home, mobile and hermetic. Owning a car is owning the freedom to roam through this voided space. Along the avenues, the passer stares with daze at the profusion of hyperreality. Between the real and the virtual, the transient reality unsettles. You only see what you are willing to see. You chose to make sense of this gigantic urbanscape and set the limits of it.
After studying photography for 3 years in ETPA in Toulouse, she pursued Architecture School in Bordeaux.
During 5 years of Architecture studies, her background in Photography and her on going practice of this medium lead her to question the interrelation existing between these two disciplines and the role of the photographic image in the representation of Architecture.
She has been working as a photographer in collaboration with several Architectures agencies mostly based in the south west of France. Besides commissioned work, she dedicates her personal photography to several ongoing projects, all of them revolving to the same matters of landscape and its interrelation to built environment.
© text and pictures by Agnès Clotis