Scot Sothern: LOOK AT ME
118 Winston St, Fl 2, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Saturday, June 22 at 7:00 PM 9:00 PM
Ends Jul 13, 2024
In a poignant exploration of humanity, Scot Sothern’s latest project, LOOK @ ME, turns a provocative lens on homelessness, Hollywood tourism, and the unseen struggles of everyday Americans. Through the lens of alternative street photography, Sothern positions himself as a modern-day vagabond, echoing the profiles of those he encounters on his odyssey, coming face to face with humankind, capturing the unfiltered essence of life at its most candid. An orange plastic bucket, flipped over for a makeshift seat, becomes both a prop and a metaphor for the raw realities of life on the streets. In this conceptual endeavor, Sothern shoots with plastic disposable (analog) film cameras, adding a layer of spontaneity and authenticity to each frame. Seventy four years old and physically handicapped, with his bucket seat and secondhand walker, ungroomed and clad in beat-up Levi’s and a hoody, Sothern yells at passersby, “LOOK AT ME!” and photographs their reactions. The result is a riveting documentation of the human response to the unseen, where compassion and animosity collide. Scot’s images become a searing commentary on the societal gaze, urging viewers to confront and question the norms that shape our collective consciousness.