(San Francisco, California)
Mixing real life and theater in the Mission District of San Francisco, Lee Walton orchestrated a performance involving over 25 actors and countless unknowing participants. For the duration of one hour, these carefully selected actors seamlessly blurred themselves with the real characters of the Mission District only to reveal themselves at the reception at Southern Exposure following the performance.
For the designated hour, spectators strolled the surrounding streets of Southern Exposure in search of what is "real" and what is "not real". Meanwhile, the hired actors played out simple activities- such as sipping coffee in cafe' windows, awkwardly carrying a houseplant, chuckling to oneself, or perhaps zipping up a sweatshirt.
In order to best document the Life/Theater Project, Walton instructed three photographers to amble through the neighborhood and document the people they assumed were "actors".
Naturally, the photographs are images of both "actors" and "non-actors" alike.