trying-hard

I'm a freelance editorial, documentary photographer based in the Los Angeles area.
I have photographed on oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico, camp for blind kids in Malibu, CA, artists in China.
Many other people, situations, and locations for companies, non profit foundations, publications, and myself.
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The 99%.
Marches, Protests & Rallies.
Sound-slide shows.

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Los Angeles May Day 2013
Stop War in
Afghanistan Protest

Los Angeles Chinatown
Wallmart Protest

Los Angeles May Day 2012
No GMO Monsanto Protest
No War On Iran Rally
Stop The Violence Rally
Health Care Insurance Protest
Global Day of Action

Archives - Miscellaneous
Photography Masters Cup
Artist - Another Smith
Space Shuttle Endeavour
Romney vs Obama
Obama vs Romney
Hollywood Sign
Dark Desert Light
Chicago Chain Gang
Portrait

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2013 March (8)
2013 February (3)
2013 January (4)
2012 December (3)
2012 October (6)
2012 September (12)
2012 July - August (5)
2012 June (3)
2012 April - May (6)
2012 March (2)
2012 February (6)
2012 January (2)
2011 October-December (4)
2011 July - August (3)
2011 May - June (8)

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my hand

pia dance
shadow bird dance
post : 24 july 2014 - shadow bird dance comments

 

car show 1

1941 Tatra T87 and resting dog
Franklin Canyon Park high in the hills of Beverly Hills was the venue for a low key, unpretentious, cool classic car show last Sunday.

A classic car and history I was not aware of was the aerodynamic 1941 Tatra T87. It was designed in Czechoslovakia and built during World War Two under German occupation. Known for high speed and luxury. A favorite of Hitler, many were appropiated by high ranking Nazi officers. The car became known to invading allies as their "secret weapon." it is said that because of their speed of up to 100 mph and unique handling numerous officers lost control and were killed in cornering.

Paul Greenstein restored and owns the car. Highway Earth was the car show name.

car show 2

1941 Tatra T87
post : 30 june 2014 - car show comments

for more photos : CLICK HERE

 

daisy survivor

daisy survivor
post : 26 june 2014 - daisy survivor comments

 

fairfax wll day

street art day

fairfax wll night

street art night
Fairfax district, Los Angeles.
post : 25 june 2014 - street art day and night comments

 

straw hat lost
straw hat lost
post : 18 june 2014 - straw hat lost comments

 

brewery art complex

The Brewery
The Brewery Art Complex in Los Angeles, Lincoln Heights neighborhood was originally in 1903 an Edison Electric Steam Power Plant. Years later the Papst Blue Ribbon and Eastside Beer brewery. Since the mid 80's a complex of live-in-lofts, studios, gallery's, and businesses in 21 old warehouse buildings. Hmm I don't know about the fading Paradox Iron painted on the side of the main smoke stack building. A paradox?
brewery poppies
poppies
Poppies growing on the edge of The Brewery visitor parking. Above, out of sight, cars on the 5 freeway whiz by.
post : 15 june 2014 : brewery and poppies comments

avon-half-bar

avon bar soap
Along with ocean smoothed rocks, stones, and pebbles, half a bar of Avon soap washed ashore by powerful breaking waves at Southern California's famous surfing spot - Trestles. -

post : 8 June 2014 - avon soap comments

 

hollywood sign unglamorous

hollywood sign unglamorous
To see more Hollywood Sign photos : CLICK HERE
post : 6 june 2014 - hollywood sign unglamorous comments

 

hollywood sign jumping

hollywood sign jumping
A couple of days ago when hiking under the popular Hollywood sign, Alice and Tobey visiting from Hong Kong asked if I would take their picture jumping in front of the renown sign.
Ok I replied.
1... 2... 3... jump...
I told them I would email their photo and , "xie, xie." (translation: shay shay is thank you) The only Chinese words that I could think of. Alice respectively pressed her hands together as praying (wai), slightly lowered her head, and responded, "xie xie." With a slight smile I returned her gesture.
They then went back to taking pictures of each other under the Hollywood sign.
To see more Hollywood Sign photos : CLICK HERE
post : 10 may 2014 - hollywood sign jumping comments

salt point 3

salt point 3

photographymastercup

This morniing I received an email saying that I am a "Nominee at the 7th Annual Photography Masters Cup." Salt Point 3 is nominated in the abstract catagory. Hmmm "close but no cigar." It's an "International Award Honoring Color Photography," so I guess being a nominee is Ok. Included in the email was my award medal (a click on medal will direct you to the Masters Cup site), a press release form, notice of a Certificate of Achievement to be mailed, publication in The Journal a digital magazine, and a big "CONGRATULATIONS."

Salt Point 3 is from my Sun & Cellophane series.
post : 5 may 2014 - salt point 3 comments
baby power

baby power
Here is the other image I entered into the International Color Masters Cup, but no mention, no medal. Maybe I should say that these two photos were not made with a digital camera, or digitally manipulated. They were made the old fashion way with Kodachrome 64.

post : 5 may 2014 - baby power comments


bicycles and bars
bicycles
Bicycles, spokes, security bars. Los Angeles Westlake neighborhood.

bicycle tony
bicycles 2
Tony said he already had the bicycle frame. All other components he purchased. Putting them together himself, with a fixed gear that continually spins the pedals, and no brakes. He agreed that stopping was tricky. He has to look down the road and be prepared to stop using his strength to stop the spinning pedals. Slowing or skidding the rear tire to reduce speed or stop the bike.

At the bike shop he bought some toe pedal straps to secure his feet to the pedals, assisting in this pulling up back pedal braking. Then off he went at a slow Sunday morning side walk pedal.

post : 1 may 2014 - bicycles comments

 

lunar 1

total lunar eclipse - aka "blood moon"

The total lunar eclipse, "blood moon," seen from the high desert foothills between Apple Valley, and Lucerne, CA. The full moon was super brilliant. When the earth's shadow began darkening the edge of the moon, several dogs began barking. An eerie howling chorus of coyotes joined in. As moon light slowly turned to darkness, in unison, the barking and howling gave way to sudden, absolute quiet.

To see larger and another photo : CLICK HERE

post : 16 april 2014 - lunar eclipse comments

 

black stump

six months after the yosemite national park "rim fire"
lupine car
lupine on california highway 49
Last week I drove the switchback curves of winding historic CA. Highway 49 to the north entrance of Yosemite Park. Rain showers traded with sunlight off and on. At roadside lupine and poppy's
were at their fresh colorful best.

In 2013, mid- August through mid- October on the edge of Yosemite Park raged the devestating 257,000 acre Rim Fire.

I had read that from the ashes of wild fire, wild flowers flourish. When I received an email from a local there that the time for ashes to flowers was right. Off I went.

For story and more photos of that road trip : CLICK HERE

post : 1 april 2014 - ashes and flowers comments
 
glendale skyline
9 March @ 8:30am : The first morning of daylight savings time -
Glendale, CA skyline, the Verdugos and San Gabriel mountains seen
from Los Angeles, Griffith Park northern Mt. Hollywood trail.
For a larger view : CLICK HERE

post : 10 march 2014 - glendale skyline comments


flag-crosses

flag & crosses - international women's day los angeles

missing women

missing girls and women - international women's day los angeles
ayúdanos a encontrarlas - help us find them
8 March - International Women's Day was observed in Los Angeles's McArthur Park with music, dancing, art, poetry, speakers. The global theme was "Equality for women is progress for all." A few women wore "sandwich board" signs with photos and descriptions of missing girls and women. "Veterans for Peace" had a memorial of crosses for teenagers that were killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. One speaker said, 'Stop sending our children off to die. As women, invest in caring not killing.'

post : 9 march 2014 - international women's day comments

 

sunbathers

sunbathing
While the east coast of the U.S. experiences all time record breaking snow fall and sub freezing temperatures, the west coast, Southern California, is summer time hot, with an all time record breaking serious lack of rain and impending water shortage.

Two bask under the mid-day sun in North Hollywood park.

post 14 february 2014 - sunbathing comments


la parilla

tradional mexican strolling musician
Strolling musician Rafael Rubion sings popular folk song "La Paloma" in La Parrilla restaurant, Los Angeles, Sunday morning before Valentine's Day. Bright red cutouts of hearts and cupids for lovers dangled above his head. Shyly in broken English he proudly said he's been playing the guitar and singing for 45 years.

post : 9 february 2014 - strolling musician comments

 

lexi 2

lexi
Her name is Lexi, a spokesmodel for Celebrity Cruises at the Los Angeles Times travel show. She coyly looks directly at you as she speaks. The only thing she was not really there. She's a life size double sided projection onto a 1/2 inch thick screen. She smiles, blinks from time to time, and speaks in an alluring way of complimentary drinks, gourmet food, and the wonderful time to be had onboard a Celebrity Cruises ship. The most charming hostess at the travel show, until -poof- she's unplugged.

lexi 2

lexi (reverse projected side)
post : 19 january 2014 - lexi comments

 

clown

circus liquor clown
Hovering above passing motorists a laughing neon clown beckons with the lure of liquor and wine. Amusing, the clown is a long time North Hollywood landmark at the corner of Vineland Ave. and Burbank Blvd. Although a tough neighborhood for a late night run for booze.

post : 6 january 2014 - circus liquor clown comments


idle hour
Idle Hour Cafe
A Historic-Cultural Monument restoration in progress. In Los Angeles the last remaining example of barrel shaped architecture is on Vineland Ave. North Hollywood. Built in 1941 as the Idlle Hour Cafe. Sold and renamed in the 1960's as Rudy's Keg the big barrel became La Cana, a Flamenco dinner club in 1971. Closed and deteriorating since 1984, the reborn barrel shaped building will again be the Idle Hour when reopened.
post : 6 january 2014 - idle hour cafe comments

 

downtown los angeles
downtown los angeles skyline
My first photo of 2014, New Years @ 9:17 am. An overcast view of Downtown Los Angeles skyline from the Griffith Park Upper Beacon Trail, as seen through the burned tree remnants of the devastating 2007 wild fire.

post : 1 january 2014 - downtown los angeles comments


susan burton

susan burton
Susan Burton is founder of A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project, that consists of six homes and assistance programs for women recently released from prison. This portrait was included in journalist Bill Moyers PBS television broadcast, Moyers & Company, The entire show was titled Incarceration Nation. 20 December, 2013.

post : 24 december 2013 - susan burton comments


scott ave.
scott ave. echo park - los angeles
Wise words written on the underside of an old abandoned box spring. Note the spray can on the ground. Kitty corner is a Spanish style duplex from the "past," taken "care" of and freshly painted with "present good."

post : 26 october 2013 - scott ave. words comments

 

ferris wheel
ferris wheel
Ferris Wheel and three kids in Scrambler ride. Santa Monica pier.

post : 16 october 2013 - ferris wheel comments


two tomatos
two tomatos
post : 15 october 2013 - two tomatos comments



desert harvest moon 2013
A harvest moon cake for you ...

post : 19 september 2013 - harvest moon comments


rusty nails screws
rusty nails, screws & broken glass
post : 8 august 2013 - rusty nails & screws comments

 

sunset whirlygig

sunset whirligig

sunset bird paradise

sunset desert bird of paradise
post : 7 august 2013 - sunset whirligig bird of paradise comments

 

hat
hat homage
My father's hat.

post : 16 july 2013 - hat comments

 

desert chair

desert chair

desert bike

desert bike

desert sofa

desert sofa
post : 5 july 2013 - desert chair bike sofa comments

may day 2013 demonstration, los angeles
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May Day 2013. A few thousand marched down Broadway.The 99% were represented by Immigrant workers rights and amnesty groups, labor unions, families, flag wavers, and a Occupy Los Angeles contingent.

post : 1 May 2013 - may day comments

 

two girls

poloroid transfer
post : 12 April 2013 - poloroid transfer comments

 

smith water

self portrait 1
smith flowers
self portrait 2
Artist, Another Smith.

post : 9 April 2013 - self portrait 1 & 2 comments


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Photos are watermarked. Not to be stored, used, reproduced,
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bizarro
Favorite passage from anthropologist, nature writer Loren Eiseley's book The Immense Journey.
"Standing quietly in the water, feeling the sand shifting away under my toes, I lay back in the floating position that left my face to the sky, and shoved off."

audrey-fools

Albert Camus Note Books 1935-1942
"Seek contacts. All contacts. If I want to write about men, how can I cut myself off from the countryside.
If the sky or light attract me, shall I forget the eyes or voices of those I love?
Each time I am given the elements of a friendship, the fragments of an emotion, never the emotion or the friendship itself."

zeng

Zeng Xiao Feng, Artist - Kunming, China

zeng-art-words

"The tendencies of the spirit - lessness, and commercialization in the contemporary culture make the art works increasingly monotonous, and far away from the soul.

Therefore most of them look pedestrian and insipid. The real art is just like a mysterious flash of light, which passes in the twinkling of an eye."
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