12 Best Gifts for People Who Love L.A.
6. America Sutra
America Sutra is a web-based exhibition and seven-volume visual essay that chronicles Amit Desai's 10-year-long journey across the United States. For anyone itching to go on a road trip, America Sutra should help retrace the steps made by California-bound homesteaders in the midst of Westward Expansion. Pay-what-you-can, AmericaSutra.com.
Click anywhere on the picture above. Go ahead, just do it. You'll notice that the focus adjusts to include subjects located within the depth of field, which is fucking awesome -- not to mention necessary for capturing celebrities during the walk of shame. Makers of the first consumer light field camera, Lytro also just launched the Lytro-izer, which invites people to upload their photos for a chance to have them recreated in claymation as a kick-ass holiday greeting that promises to blow those quasi-customized JibJab e-cards straight out of the water. $399 - $499, Lytro.com.
4. Lomo LC-A+ Silver Lake
For anyone who prefers analog to digital technology, there's Lomography -- a film-based photo empire that's flourished while other bigwigs such as Polaroid and Kodak haven't. Modeled after a compact Russian camera from 1984, Lomo's LC-A+ has evolved into a sophisticated mechanical marvel that recalls the anticipatory excitement associated with developing 35mm film, and it comes in a special Silver Lake edition, too. Lomography also makes a low-speed film called the Color X-Pro Sunset Strip, designed to help capture the sun-soaked city in all its bright, glaring glory. $399, Lomography.com.
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