Remember the 180 and Chop The Head

Where: Los Angeles, Corner of Wilshire and Highland
Between Meeting: Heading to the Office

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

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