1. carbiBlackBox_0104.jpg The Pools I Shot

    'The Pool I Shot In Pasadena', Front Installation View, Set Pieces, curated by Lauren Mackler & Andrew Berardini, Cardi Black Box, Milan, Italy
  2. The Pool I Shot in Pasadena The Pools I Shot

    The Pool I Shot in Pasadena, 2007, c-print, 40x40"

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  3. Installation view, Set Pieces, Cardi Black Box, Milan, Italy The Pools I Shot

    Installation view, Set Pieces, co-curated by Lauren Mackler and Andrew Berardini, Cardi Black Box, Milan, Italy
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    'The Pool I Shot In Pasadena', Left Installation View, Set Pieces, curated by Lauren Mackler & Andrew Berardini, Cardi Black Box, Milan, Italy
  5. ZC_The_Pool_I_Shot_In_Laurel_Canyon.jpg The Pools I Shot

    The Pool I Shot in Laurel Canyon, 2006, c-print 7.75"x 7.75"

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  6. laurelcanyon2.jpg The Pools I Shot

    The Pool I Shot Off Laurel Canyon Blvd, 2006, c-print 7.75x7.75", 40x40"

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  7. ZC_The_Pool_I_Shot_At_LAX.jpg The Pools I Shot

    The Pool I Shot at LAX, 2006, c-print 7.75x7.75" & 40x40"

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  8. ZC_The_Pool_I_Shot_In_Malibu2.jpg The Pools I Shot

    The Pool I Shot in Malibu, 2007, c-print 7.75" x 7.75" & 40"x40"

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  9. Rashie Vest ZC.jpg The Pools I Shot

    LeSwim, 'The Pool I Shot' Line, Fall 2016
  10. LeSwim, 'The Pool I Shot' Line, Fall 2016 The Pools I Shot

    LeSwim, 'The Pool I Shot' Line, Fall 2016
  11. ZC_The_Pool_I_Shot_In_Bel_Air.jpg The Pools I Shot

    The Pool I Shot in Bel Air, 2006, c-print 7.75"x7.75" & 40"x40"

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  12. ZC_The_Pool_I_Shot_In_Valencia.jpg The Pools I Shot

    The Pool I Shot in Valencia, 2006, c-print 7.75" x 7.75" & 40"x40"

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  13. poolsantamonica.jpg The Pools I Shot

    The Pool I Shot in Santa Monica, 2008, c-print 7.75"x7.75" & 40"x40"

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  14. poolbrentwood.jpg The Pools I Shot

    The Pool I Shot in Brentwood, 2007, c-print 7.75" x 7.75" & 40" x 40"

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  15. pooldeserthot.jpg The Pools I Shot

    The Pool I Shot in Desert Hot Springs, 2007, c-print 7.75" x 7.75" & 40" x 40"

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  16. ZC_The_Pool_I_Shot_In_Hollywood.jpg The Pools I Shot

    The Pool I Shot in Hollywood, 2006, c-print 7.75" x 7.75" & 40" x 40"

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  17. ZC_The_Pool_I_Shot_In_The_Hollywood_Hills.jpg The Pools I Shot

    The Pool I Shot in the Hollywood Hills, 2005, c-print 7.75" x 7.75" & 40" x 40"

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  18. ZC_The_Pool_I_Shot_in_West_Hollywood.jpg The Pools I Shot

    The Pool I Shot in West Hollywood, 2006, c-print 7.75" x 7.75" & 40" x 40"

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The Pools I Shot

The Pools I Shot are a series of photographs playing with my obsession to conceptually document Los Angeles, this time through the surfaces of its pools (and its impossibility to completely and fully be captured, explained, etc.) The LA-LIKE work plays around with the presumed fiction of the relationship between place and what is being documented, which is very much what Los Angeles is about. Each image is an incredibly abstracted and darkened shot of the surface of a pool, with the overexposed sunlight reflection acting as a sort of tear in the surface. The project is not finished – my intention is to photograph a pool in every different part of Los Angeles. And like the duBois project, no matter how many pools I photograph, there is still no way to encapsulate what Los Angeles is…

Or as Andrew Berardini describes, “Under the sultry shine of a California sun, more than one deadpan artist and otherworldly visionary, fictive character and everyday human, has dreamed desire and class, poetry and leisure, into the placid hue of a swimming pool. An inflatable lounge drifts in the cool, chemical blue. Pink-parts swimsuited, a curve of naked skin slowly tans, and manicured fingernails dip thoughtlessly into the surface of the water. Chlorine lends it clarity but subtle impurities capture the low red of light’s spectrum, and the water beams back the wettest of cyans. In the sky above Los Angeles, weary air travellers fingering barf-bags bend against the oval windows as the plane banks for descent, their dazed eyes counting the kidney-curved blues that punctuate the tract houses under the swaying palm trees.

Like bottle-blonde, the colour is too perfectly synthetic to hide its factory fakery. Like all water, a pool is a dream of life, but this stuff’s totally undrinkable. What isn’t laced with piss is diluted poison. However illusory, its cool, wet kiss gives such sweet relief to sunbaked skin.

A wastrel Benjamin in The Graduate (1967) basks in the directionless drift of postcoital bliss and suburban ennui, an earned rest from Mrs. Robinson’s mature charms. A California dream, Hockney’s naked boys make a silent splash into its depthless colour, the perfect sunlight casting rippling shadows made permanent with paint. The empty stare of Ed Ruscha’s Nine Swimming Pools (1968) is matched with swathes of blank pages and concluded with a broken glass. Zoe Crosher snaps the blank water from above in the series The Pools I Shot (2006–), each sun-dappling shadow across its placid surface soaked with sultry promise and foreboding noir. Off Sunset Blvd, Joe Gillis floats facedown in the pool he always wanted, though the black-and-white film can’t show the hue of the water in his lungs.”

By Andrew Berardini, Art Review, November 2014

 
Projects
  • The New LA-LIKE
    1. LA-LIKE: Prospecting Palm Fronds
    2. LA-LIKE: Escaped Exotics
    3. LA-LIKE: Unlit Lightboxes
    4. LA-LIKE: Fools Gold Dust (Mimic) Paintings
    5. LA-LIKE: Day For Night (or Sunlight As Spotlight)
    6. The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project, in conjunction with LAND
    7. Shangri-LA'd & Expanded Shangri-LA'd
    8. LA-LIKE: Mirage
    9. LA-LIKE: Composition I-10, Desert Center
    10. The Manifest Destiny Billboard Perfume
    11. LA Disappearing Frond-Like
    12. LA-LIKE: Transgressing the Pacific
    13. LA-LIKE: Transgressing the Pacific, Dessert Concepts & Recipes
    14. For An Evening with Eve Babitz, at the Chateau Marmont
    15. LA-LIKE: LAXART Billboard
    16. The Pools I Shot
    17. LA-LIKE
    18. LA-LIKE (LOST)
    19. Tear Sheet Posters
  • The Michelle duBois Project
    1. The Additive Dust Series
    2. The Disbanding of Michelle duBois
    3. Mae Wested
    4. The Disappearing of Michelle duBois
    5. The Vanishing of Michelle duBois
    6. Silhouetted
    7. The Uniqued Series
    8. All Her Shadows
    9. Blackened Last Four Days & Nights in Tokyo
    10. The Other Disappeared Nurse
    11. Almost the Same
    12. The Unveiling of Michelle duBois
    13. The Unraveling of Michelle duBois
    14. Obfuscated
    15. The Reconsidered Archive of Michelle duBois
    16. Polaroided
    17. Posed Postcards
  • Out The Window (LAX)
  • The Santa Cruz Kids
  • The Fainting Club
    1. The Fainting Club (London)
    2. The Fainting Club (New York)
    3. The Fainting Club (Los Angeles)
    4. The Fainting Club (More Cities)
    5. The Fainting Club (About)
  • Publications
    1. LA-LIKE: Transgressing the Pacific, Published by Hesse Presse, Los Angeles, CA - Spring 2016 (Sold Out)
    2. Both Sides of Sunset: Photographing Los Angeles (May 2015) Published by Metropolis Books
    3. Forthcoming: The Re-duBois Book
    4. Returning to Berlin / Publication curated by Kim Schoen - Motto, Berlin (August 2013)
    5. Why Art Photography? by Lucy Soutter (2013) Published by Routelage
    6. Volume 4: The Disappearance of Michelle duBois, aka *Mitchi* (Fall 2012) Published by Aperture Ideas
    7. Volume 3: The Unveiling of Michelle duBois, aka *Cricket* (Spring 2012) Published by Aperture Ideas
    8. Volume 2: The Unraveling of Michelle duBois, aka *Alice Johnson* (Fall 2011) Published by Aperture Ideas
    9. Volume 1: The Reconsidered Archive of Michelle duBois, aka *Kathy* (Spring 2011) Published by Aperture Ideas
    10. Out the Window (LAX) with essays by Norman Klein, Pico Iyer, & Julian Meyers (2007)
    11. NTNTNT (2004)
    12. L.A. Now: Volume One, Published by Art Center College of Design, August 2002