Wednesday, October 6, 2010

May Day of Oh Six (Part Tres)

I'm glad so many of you are enjoying my photos, it gives me so much needed joy after dealing with my lawyers. Anyways, here's one of my favorite ones, I'll post more in the next few days but tell me what you think about this one? I think it's hysterical! When I looked at it I couldn't resist taking a picture of it.

Monday, October 4, 2010

May Day of Oh Six (Part 2)

They surprised the police, and maybe themselves, their T-shirts turning block after block of downtown Los Angeles streets white in a demonstration so massive that few causes in recent U.S. history have matched it. Police said more than 500,000 people marched that Saturday in 2006 to protest a proposed federal crackdown on illegal immigration. Wearing white as a sign of peace, and waving flags from the U.S., Mexico, Guatemala and other countries, they came to show that illegal immigrants already are part of the American fabric, and want the chance to be legal, law-abiding citizens.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

May Day of Oh Six

It's amazing what one man and a camera can capture. Taken March 25, 2006 on an early Saturday morning, it became clear this would be a demonstration unlike any L.A had ever seen. On my way to the bus stop at Sunset Boulevard and Echo Park Avenue, I ran into my neighbor, walking side by side with his wife. Both were dressed in white and wearing baseball caps. We were all headed for the same place. A man of few words, my neighbor is an old-time Mexican gardener with white hair and rough, brown skin.  They seemed excited. They said it was their first time marching in anything.“Even if you have papers,” his wife explained, “you have to do something. If you don’t, who will?” I still remember the conversation explicitly years after. I became very upset a month later when the laptop that contained my entire collection of photos I took that day stopped working. I took nearly a hundred photos and became saddened at the fact that I would never see them again. It wasn't until August that my nephew searching through my old stuff found my broken laptop and managed to retrieve the lost photos. I have several more pictures that are worthy of publication that I'll post in the next few weeks. Politics aside, its nice to enjoy and relieve moments in time, frames and bits of L.A history.