Kelly and I arrived in Los Angeles, two alien beings from New York with only a few days to explore car culture, eat in Korea Town as much as possible, thrift store hunt everywhere, and (unintentionally) make a special trip to the tow lot to pick up our sad little rental we’d left in 4pm traffic on Santa Monica Blvd. Lucky for us, we had the guidance of two L.A. natives to show us another angle of the city.
I met Pamela Clare Wylie Samuelson and Adam Yasmin through friends of friends at Burning Man’s Cargo Cult 2013. Like true “visitors from elsewhere” Pam and Adam’s presence rang the bells of other worldliness. “Their cargo was splendid, their generosity boundless, and their motives beyond my understanding.” These artsy powerhouses needed a Seen & Herd feature all their own! Pam, the subject, an aerialist, carpenter, body worker, and all around community marvel. Adam, the photographer, a soft spoken and dreamy thinker who crafts kaleidoscopic geometric visions of reality.
On a weird cold windy day, they brought Kelly and I through uncharted L.A. driveways to the look outs of Laurel Canyon. With Pam swan-like in a KHH | Kelly Horrigan Handmade dress made of recycled umbrellas, molded leather and feathers, Adam captured some photos on his phone.
We flew home, back to our familiar landscape. Adam went to work in his digital realm. When the images emerged, our out of body exchange was revealed. The skyline, the ocean in the distance, the bitter wind all vibrant, visible frequency. This is the story of a way through, of the light and sound of a city moving us with them into other dimensions.