Jake Michaels’s work is always in flux. On some days it’s a straight game of aesthetics, hard lines and California color. On others it’s a street gambit, a race to grab up all the city strangeness before anybody spots him. Lately he blurs the line between the two with new experiments in manipulative reality. The LA-based Art Center graduate currently divides time between commercial and personal photography, and he’s busy compiling a street book and directing documentary shorts.