The line between life and illusion can blur in Southern California, where--from the movie studios to the plastic surgeons' offices--people seem bent on remaking reality. Other times, the line remains all too distinct. At Joshua Tree National Park, Eric Brotman tries to capture nature on film. At a Los Angeles studio, a photographer takes a shot that will transform Rael Andrews into a billboard fashion ad. And in Santa Monica, a homeless man watches Television in the only living room the streets provide.


The angled sun produces phantom images. Observers gather along the Huntington Beach Pier to cheer runners in a marathonm and horse racing enthusiasts fill the top bleachers at Santa Anita Park.

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