Kyle “Kyle” Fitzpatrick is a homosexual former military brat who decided to settle in heaven (a.k.a, Los Angeles). With a love for horror films, champagne, short shorts, and CAPS LOCK, he works as a writer, sometimes actor, and sometimes social media person. He loves dogs more than most people.
Bobby Solomon is a designer from Los Angeles and the founder and Editor-In-Chief of The Fox Is Black, an art, design, and culture blog that he’s been running since 2007. The site saw a boom in growth thanks to The Desktop Wallpaper Project, which is currently has the largest crop of desktops for your electronic devices custom designed by the biggest and best artists and designers in the world. He likes to concentrate on the future rather than the past, drink Intelligentsia coffe, play video games, and hang out with his dog Dottie and his boyfriend and partner, Kyle Fitzpatrick.
Cori Clark Nelson is an actress and writer getting it done from her Los Feliz carriage house. After stints in Atlanta, Chicago and NYC, she has proudly called LA home for seven years. Give her an LA hour (like a New York minute but, seriously, what’s the rush, it’s gorgeous out) and she will have you agreeing that LA is the most accessible city around. A perfect LA day would include coffee and a coyote sighting in Griffith Park, thrifting at the Rose Bowl, oysters and beer at The Reel Inn followed by a show at The Troubadour.
As a recent transplant to Los Angeles, Cliff became an avid hiker so he could physically and visually understand the lay of the Southland. Grad school brought him here in 2010 from Central PA Amish country to study and to make art. During the program, Cliff realized that he likes to read theory almost as much as he likes to paint abstractions or assemble sculptures. Thus, he has set his course to document contemporary exhibitions and artists of which people should know more.
Jaclyn Giuliano is a native of LA who got a little taste of the Midwest while living in Ann Arbor for three years. She has a background in fine arts and design as well as the furniture industry, where she currently works for a major manufacturer. Jaclyn is the writer of a personal blog called Stay in the Lines as well as the owner and creative director of the online lifestyle journal Popover. She enjoys finding and sharing her favorite locales around the city in addition to writing about entertaining and decorating how-to’s. You can often find Jaclyn biking around her neighborhood, brunching at a local spot, or at home perfecting her margarita and guacamole recipes.
Molly Larkey is a visual artist and a native Angeleno. After an 18 year stint in New York, she came home and settled in to the East Side, where she plans to remain. She is usually working like crazy in her studio, but she also enjoys eating Vietnamese food, reading in bed, finding new places to walk in Mt. Washington, and curating art shows and writing about art when she has time.
Alec Rojas is music, culture, and food writer from Los Angeles. As much as he loves this town, he has left for extended periods. First it was Nashville. Then it was Chicago. He does this mostly to brag about the greatness of LA to people who would never visit. Most of them never visit. Working in the legal field, he is an auteur of fiction, weekending, and all things musical. His proudest accomplishment is finishing War and Peace, Les Miserables, and a bacon chili pastrami burger in a month.
Sophia Stuart is a writer, photographer, and award-winning digital strategist/creative director with over 17 years experience in building digital products within the USA and international (Asia/Europe) publishing and Hollywood movie industries. Voted one of the “Top 21 Social Media Superstars” by Min Online in 2009, she won a Webby Award for Cosmo Mobile USA (2008) and an MVA for Cosmo International Digital Strategy (2010) while at Hearst and is currently consulting for Sony TV/Cosine Three and on the Advisory Board for fashion start-up, Buy My Closet. As “teamgloria” (Teamgloria.com), Sophia is signed with literary agent Lisa Gallagher at Sanford J Greenburger and has a book deal with Hay House: How To Stay Sane In A Crazy World comes out in January 2014.
Paul Des Marais was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, and moved to Los Angeles on a whim in 2010. As in Baltimore, the pothole-laden city streets bend his bicycle rims, but he’s committed to biking every mile of LA. Unlike the east coast, the Los Angeles climate lets him grow all kinds of vegetables year round. He likes gardening at night with a headlamp because it’s easier to spot the weeds. He writes and edits the catalogue and blog for the Los Angeles Modern Auctions, an auction house specializing in contemporary art and mid-century modern design. He’s pretty knowledgeable when it comes to bad music, infomercials, and Scandinavian licorice, and he’s always looking to teach people how to disc golf.
Rachel Elizabeth Jones grew up in rural Vermont. She came to southern California to study anthropology and ended up staying in Los Angeles to work at the Craft and Folk Art Museum. At present, she is enrolled to study visual anthropology at USC, and works on freelance writing projects in her spare time.
Damon Casarez is a freelance photographer currently living in Glendale. Art Center’s photography program brought him to the Pasadena/Glendale area, where he graduated in 2012. He spends his spare time fly fishing and hiking in the local mountains and photographing his suburban hometown of Diamond Bar. He’s never left LA for more than 10 days.
Kelsey Zahn is a Los Angeles transplant (then again who isn’t?). She is a writer, stylist, and life curator, who longs to live in the pursuit of beauty and passion. She launched The Curated Life in the Fall of 2012 and has enjoyed the challenge of pushing her life in a new direction, with the blog as a plat form. Good coffee, great food, travel, and amazing people are the things that drive her to always move forward. After changing career paths, moving 2,000 miles across the country, and learning to live at a new pace, Kelsey has adapted the life motto- “It doesn’t work until it does.” She lives with her husband, Drew Melton, in Echo park and falls even more in love with LA on a daily basis.
Breanna Wilson, a travel and culture writer living in Los Angeles, welcomes anyone to reach out to her on Google+ or Twitter.
Dorothy “Dottie” Dog is a seven year old English Setter who lives in Hollywood. She loves going for hikes, watching birds (specifically pigeons), and lying around on cold surfaces. She collects toys that look like birds and prefers to hang out with people over other dogs. She loves Los Angeles because it’s never too hot or too cold and it doesn’t rain (because she hates walking on wet grass).
Northern California native Angelique Groh moved to Los Angeles ten years ago from New York City. A resident of Eagle Rock, she enjoys uncovering the city’s the hidden gems, which can range from the lush grounds of The Huntington Botanical Gardens to a dungeon in Van Nuys – where this photo was taken. Some of Angelique’s LA favorites include drive-thrus, the 2 Freeway, vegan cupcakes from Earlez Grille and fruit beer at Wurstküche. She is the founder of CHARM SCHOOL, an art and culture PR consultancy in Los Angeles.
Jon Setzen is a LA-based Creative Director and designer. He’s best known for the hundreds of rock posters he’s made over the years and his work has been shown in NYC, LA, Japan, Denmark and the UK. Being rather new to LA he’s still mesmerized by the perfect weather in this town. He’ll never turn off a Smiths song (even Golden Lights), never turn down a good taco and is stockpiling Ilford film. He also runs the Los Angeles chapter of Creative Mornings. He lives in Silverlake with his wife, two sons, two cats and a goldfish.
Erin Adorian Neel is a native Valley girl and student who moonlights at a fabulous regional theatre in Pasadena. In her spare, non-theatre time, she enjoys episodic television and complaining about (all) things. She wholeheartedly believes that LA can become a theatre city and she really, really needs you to believe it, too.
Zachary Urbina is a Pasadena native and third-generation Los Angeleno. His narrative nonfiction and photography have wiggled their way into print and web publications since 2006. Prior to that he worked in film and television production. Zack is also a bit of a science geek and remains a semi-regular fixture of the LA-area AeroAstro community.
Justin Sullivan is a freelance editorial and advertising photographer in Los Angeles. He’s lived in Eagle Rock and Pasadena, and currently resides in the historic core of Downtown LA. Aside from photographing the wonderful creatives we feature here, Justin likes going on adventures with friends, cooking, riding bicycles, and making things better.
Scott Ener Grover makes photographs in Los Angeles, California.