Ecology of Dreams
176 pages / 24 x 30 cm,
Full Colour, Hardcover
Limited Edition of 500
The last outpost of the West, Los Angeles might be described as the culmination of U.S. cultural history. The L.A. of The Ecology of Dreams is not that of ‘Tinseltown’, sun and surf, as it is commonly (mis)understood, but that of a 21st Century megalopolis after forty years of neoliberal capitalism: a city of corporate empires and militarised police forces, gated communities and environmental catastrophe. L.A. is also a city of deep mystery and strange beauty.
The book is a subjective compendium of the city’s collective unconscious, its memories, history and fiction. It follows a number of recurring and allusive narratives, such as local Native American history or the confluence of celebrity, spectacle and violence represented by the Patricia Hearst saga. It traces the hidden connections beneath the city’s contemporary surfaces; between Hollywood and the demonology of automobiles; between genocide and water.
Photographs are accompanied by text, which is used both lyrically and as commentary. The Ecology of Dreams is part documentary, part history, part fiction. The distinctions are not always obvious and may be unimportant: in Los Angeles reality and fantasy are in a terminal feedback loop.
Ewan Telford grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland. He holds a BA in English and Philosophy and an MA in Film Production. He moved to New York to work in the film industry, as a storyboard artist and art director for feature films and commercials. He also spent some time directing music videos and commercials. In recent years he has used photography to explore the ideas that interest him, often with text, because it offers more possibility. He has made photographs and printed them since childhood. Ewan currently lives in Los Angeles.
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