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Darren Pearson, AKA Darius Twin, On LA As Creative Magnet: MY LA (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 05/03/12 11:05 AM ET Updated: 05/03/12 02:30 PM ET

For true believers, Los Angeles has always been a city filled with magical creatures and hidden spirits, and no artist captures this more faithfully than Darren Pearson -- otherwise known as the artist Darius Twin.

Using a photography technique called light painting, the 28-year-old Eagle Rock resident finds ghosts, dinosaurs and little green men where most only see a building or a bridge.

For his collection, "City of Angels," Pearson used light painting to scrawl ethereal, winged giantesses hovering over our metropolis. In the photo "Candelabra," an angel dances at the steps of LACMA's "Urban Lights" installation. For the photo "Grace," an angel skates on a freeway overpass.

In his "Light Fossils" collection, the effect is used to scribble a dinosaur skeleton frolicking at city landmarks. A sabre-toothed tiger lies in wait above Downtown LA; a Plesiosaur frolics on the beach by the Santa Monica pier.

Besides selling the photos on his site, (as prints and t-shirts), Pearson has had an opportunity to prove himself in the mainstream commercial world. By day, he designs graphic t-shirts for True Religion, and when we last spoke, he had just finished up a commercial shoot with tire company BF Goodrich. Pearson is also working on an iBook on his art that should be available by early next year.

This Friday, see his work amid screen-printing stations and DJ sets at the Family Room Gallery. The event is free, but bring cash in case a t-shirt or print catches your eye. The 21-and-over event will include a photo booth, a wheat-pasting wall and a hosted bar.

Family Industries & Bagavabonds
1700 N. Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Check out our interview with Darren Pearson in the slideshow below.
All photos by Darren Pearson.

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  • <strong>"Light Fossils" is inspired by Los Angeles' pre-historic past. What sparked that idea? </strong> I'm sure it had something to do with Jurassic Park, or visiting the La Brea Tar Pits when I was young. This is basically an affinity for dinosaurs I had as a child, scribbled all over LA with a light. <em>Pictured: "Brachiosaurus" from "Light Fossils" series. </em>

  • <strong>Did it make you realize something new about the city's beginnings? </strong> It made me more aware of the diverse terrain Los Angeles has, where the high and low points are and that the freaks actually do come out at night. <em>Pictured: "Raptor Fight" from "Light Fossils" series. </em>

  • <strong>What's your best memory of scoping out the city for your art? </strong> The night I shot the saber-toothed cat above downtown was interesting. I was visiting a friend's loft and decided to explore and see if it had roof access; it was an older building. After pushing open a hatch with a busted lock on it, scaling a ladder and climbing out a dusty window, the roof opened up to the best view of downtown LA I've ever seen. <em>Pictured: 'Sabre tooth" from "Light Fossils" series. </em>

  • <strong>"Light Fossils" makes Los Angeles look magical. Is there something mystical about the city that you wanted to convey?</strong> I felt like doing something to contribute to the creative magnet that is Los Angeles; I wanted to bring something unexpected. <em>Pictured: "Break An Egg" from "Light Fossils" series. </em>

  • <strong>What is your advice to other young photographers and artists in Los Angeles?</strong> Do it every day. Practice makes perfect. <strong>Give a shout out to your favorite galleries!</strong> MOCA, LACMA, GETTY, CarMichael, Known Gallery, Thinkspace <em>Pictured: "Under The Bleachers" from "City of Angeles" series. </em>

  • <strong>What are you working on now? </strong> I'm working on a series called "Spirits of California." It features different skeletons surfing, skateboarding, biking and doing wheelies on motorcycles... living it up in the afterlife. <em>Pictured: "Plesiosaur" from "Light Fossils" series. </em>

  • <strong>Your favorite Angeleno, living or dead? </strong> Dennis Hopper. <strong>Who are your greatest artistic influences? </strong> Pablo Picasso, Stanley Kubrick, Banksy, Gary Larson, Dr. Suess and Tim Burton. <em>Pictured: "Tijuana Lights" from "City of Angeles" series. </em>

  • <strong>When you're not working on your photography, where can we find you?</strong> At work designing graphic tees for True Religion, skateboarding around LA, at the beach and all along the California coast visiting family in San Diego, Santa Barbara and San Francisco. <em>Pictured: "Leap" from "City of Angeles" series. </em>

  • <strong>What surprises you most about Los Angeles?</strong> The people that live here, where they're from, and why they came. <strong>Where are your favorite places to take a date? </strong> El Matador Beach is a great spot to explore if it's nice out. <em>Pictured: "Grace" from "City of Angeles" series. </em>

  • <strong>What's your take on mobile phone cameras, filter apps and the way people share photos with each other now?</strong> I believe photography is more democratic than ever. It's a constant competition for your attention. I think "the best camera is the one you have on you," and I like seeing my friends' photos on social photo sites like Instagram and Flickr. It keeps me inspired and motivated. <em>Pictured: "Midnight Snack" from "Light Fossils" series. </em>

  • <strong>What was the moment you knew you wanted to make Los Angeles your home? </strong> I was sitting in morning rush hour thinking, "This is the best, I need more traffic in my life". Just kidding. I love it for all the creative professions it supports. <strong>Any reason to hate Los Angeles? </strong> I'm a "glass is half full" kind of guy. I think if you hate this city, you're looking at the empty part. <em>Pictured: "Candelabra" from "City of Angeles" series. </em>

  • <em>Pictured: "Pterodactyl" from "City of Angeles" series. </em>

  • <em>Pictured: "Allosaurus" from "Light Fossils" series. </em>

  • <em>Pictured: "Velociraptor" from "City of Angeles" series. </em>

  • <em>Pictured: "T-Rex" from "Light Fossils" series. </em>