In the toxic fog of endless sunshine and Hollywood hooligans, Los Angeles has always been the melting pot of society.
The photo series is a voyeuristic envision of a night out of a misfit who wanders the neon lit night scene of Sunset Strip, the Valley and East Hollywood.
In a city filled with mental illness, the tone of the photographs depict a dream state of West Hollywood and the undertone of urban decay and of how sinister it can be.
She is a complicated person and beautifully tragic, Like LA itself, the occupants of this wasteland invite tragedy into their life to feel like everyone else.
I am always interested in the odd balls and weirdos of Los Angeles and one day, when looking for a apartment to rent in West Hollywood, this creature was sat on the couch with a scraggly peroxide wig, unintentionally smeared makeup taping her pleather boot heel repeatedly on the floor while puffing hard on a cigarette, only known as the enigma Natale. I was intrigued by her but could only find a fake Facebook account of her.
Fascinated by her, I created a story line on what she would do on a night out in LA and where she would go.
Oyster Magazine Interview 2014
She needs no introduction, she is Angelyne. She is love, light and truth. People are drawn to her — she radiates an energy that is almost from another world.
She's a Hollywood legend, featured in films like Rock of Ages, Earth Girls Are Easy and the soon-to-be-released Terminator: Genisis. She's been portrayed in Futurama, in the new Aaron Paul cartoon Bojack Horesman and she'll be performing as part of Ariel Pink's Tinseltown Takeover. A muse to many and an embodiment of longevity as a West Hollywood treasure, Angeleyne and I get deep — discussing extensionalism, the power of knowing and higher beings — all while zooming around in her pink Corvette in between crystal shopping.
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In Robert Lang's first UK solo show, 'Filthy Gorgeous Camden Town', the girls themselves are undoubtedly the celebrated main attraction and inspiration behind the photo series. Having moved to Camden, London in 2001 in his late teens, Lang playfully captured moments in the young girls lives on their wild nights outs and in around Camden in the early noughties. The resulting images encapsulate an inhibited moment in time, they transport us into the scene; they hand us a can of Red Stripe and invite us to dress up, roll up and worry about tomorrow, tomorrow. The women ooze raw female empowerment and guttural feral vivaciousness. Accompanied by the exhibition will be a launch of a zine with a selection of photos spanning from 2005 – 2010.
"We crawled the nightlife and house parties documenting the nights".
"I only selected women in the photographs as they were more unrestrained than the boys. It was quite the time to be living in Camden when everything was Indie, Rock, Punk, Vintage and we never left Camden to go out anywhere else. I always carried a camera, so I was always photographing. Everything was very natural and organic. These women were smart, fashionable and witty; they represented everything about our period at that time in London."
'Filthy Gorgeous Camden Town' will be exhibited 14th-17th July 2016 at Doomed Gallery, London.
A Zine will launch to celebrate the girls of Camden Town, London from 2005-2011 at the Doomed Gallery
On Tour With UK Cutie FEMME
British electro-pop artist FEMME (Laura Bettinson) is yet to release an album, but she's found fame online by writing, recording, mixing, directing and producing all her own tracks and videos. She's currently raging her way across North America, supporting Charli XCX and on a girl power-fuelled tour. While FEMME's first track, 'Fever Boy' debuted earlier this year with infectious and swaggeringly beat, her new song 'High' is a blissful stomp that shows off Laura's gift for infectious pop.
Photographing Girls in America
Los Angeles - Vegas - New York - Miami
Covered London, Paris, Paris Couture and New York Fashion week for the Daily Mail
Photography by Robert Lang
Hair and Make- up by Jessica Taylor
Photography by ROBERT LANG
Styling by DAGMARETTE YEN
Make-up by MEGAN PORSCHEN
Hair by JESSICA STADEL.
Model: Caroline at LA MODELS
Styling by Dagmarette Yen
Make-up by Megan Porschen
Assistant Make-up by Mia Buensalido
Hair by Jessica Stadel
Models: Trae at Wilhelmina, Alden at Wilhelmina