Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Kyle Lightner Stays Gold

 Kyle Lightner’s photography looks like the documentation of modern day, surf-ified Outsiders. It’s all outskirts, outdoors, oddballs, and outsiders in off-kilter worlds bathed in sunlight.

Turns out I’m not the only one who finds his awesome photographs reminiscent of Pony Boy and Matt Dillon… err, I mean Dallas Winston. Nick Maggio, of LA blog A Time To Get (which you should get on your RSS feed ASAP), writes of Kyle: “Kyle focuses in and blurs the lines between extremely opposite lifestyles. It’s like the world depicted in the novel S.E Hinton would’ve written if she had been married to Bunker Spreckles - but having a torrid love affair with Sonny Barger on the side.”

Lightner, a Costa Mesa lad, captures the gritty reality of today’s Southern California fringe culture in a way that feels like yesterdays best-remembered and well-worn nostalgia.

Here's a taste of the good things to come when you go to Lightner's blog or website. Visual euphoria through "Rose Colored Glasses". (There it is: we've reduced this kid's work down to a vintage country song written by a former undertaker.)

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Stay gold, friends.
- Jen
On my iPod: The Growlers' "Little Miss Jack"

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