The San Fernando Valley is an ocean of land. It is surrounded by obstacles. Incredibly easy to get to, it can be very difficult to get out of. The Valley started as the future, but now seems like a land time forgot. It's often hotter there than it is everywhere else.
The Valley is a place filled with contradiction, mistaken identity and with no singular mission. It is where the American dream was peddled, then crashed and burned as much as, if not more than, anywhere in this country. It is often considered a place you wind up by accident, made particular lifestyle choices, or just want to disappear. The Valley also has been left alone to grow. It has created an energy and a beauty that is something truly all its own.
The project is part of a collaboration with Clint Woodside.
Photography & Text Dan Monick