Artist Statement This series, like most of my work, resulted from a journey in discovery. The story begins with one idea and through twists and turns ends up in uncharted waters or in this case in uncharted concrete. “Together Discombobulated” is my dialogue with my new neighborhood of Northeast Los Angeles that literally and figuratively spreads out beneath my feet. Initially titled “My Backyard 2” this series was to be a continuation of my neighborhood series I began in Venice, but quickly recognized that I am in a different world and in a different story. Here, the downtown buildings are reaching up toward the sky while the gnomes of planted concrete pays homage all around as far as the eye can see. It is the antithesis to the calmness and softness of the beach I came to know. My exploration of Northeast LA began with the rolling streets and allies, the little known parks and hills and the insular pockets only the local denizens know about. Then I found what I wasn’t looking for. A fenced off area known as the Flat Top. It is soon to be a public park from the quiet hills of Montecito Heights, gifting the locals an unobstructed view of the city of greater Los Angeles in a majestic 270-degree span. It was a find as well as a solitary experience to a vision so enormous and powerful that it is nothing short of lyric. But there was more... underneath this place of quiet calm, flanked by nature, rolling hills and hovering hawks, laid this fascinating and perplexing city with its web of highways and never ending view of neighborhoods. Spying with my long lens, it didn’t take me long to recognize that in front of me is the collection of a shattered world, heaped up on top of each other, casting shadows on one another and crisscrossing one another. It was destined to be together in one place and together they were destined to be discombobulated. This series is my reaction (rather than my response) to the newfound face of my hometown. The images in this series were all photographed in camera, without any compositing or layering. I used the traditional convention of multiple exposure, movement and patience. What you see here is in fact “there” in fragments, but nonetheless together.