Where: Los Angeles, Corner of Wilshire and Highland
Between Meeting: Heading to the Office
Got off the plane at LAX today and headed to Samy’s Camera to get gear for a video shoot. Then off to the Epson office in Long Beach, but thought it would be fun to take a drive down Wilshire Blvd. and see the places I used to visit when I was a kid. While I live in New York State and most think I’m a native New Yorker, I’m actually one of the rare natives of LA.
So I drove by the La Brea Tar Pits, then LACMA and quickly realized this was a nice part of town e.g. no “Dano” pictures. With that, I sought the quickest route to the freeway when I heard loud noises and what looked like a demonstration. I found a parking spot, walked toward the activity and encountered a protest by Egyptian Americans who were upset by President Mursi’s recent policies. The nice but boring part of town became much more interesting!
After about 15 minutes I realized I was not much much of a photojournalist. I was getting nothing. So I did the Jay Maisel 180 by turning completely around since that might be the better shot. And I saw this wonderful kid on a shoulders of a man. After getting permission from the parent, which is very important when photographing children, I remembered Jack Reznicki’s advise to chop off heads for greater impact and eye contact. Technically its crop not chop : )
One of the wonderful things about DSLRs is the LCD preview. Its really breaks the ice and when I showed the family the image of the girl with her hands on the hair of her uncle, I was asked to photograph her sister. I was delighted to do so because of the subject and the beautiful light.
While I didn’t capture images the wire services would run, in some ways these images do tell a story. It’s not about politics or the flag painted on the sister’s cheeks, but about a better future for our children and that future is always in their eyes.