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.





38 comments:

  1. always wanted to go to one of those marches... sounds like itd be fun and id feel good doing it for a cause ya know?

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  2. This is a great post, nice pictures also too!

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  3. man this makes me miss LA, I used to live there

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  4. Glad you got the pictures back after all that time.

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  5. Nice pics, have anywhere specific in LA you like to shoot?

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  6. I'm assuming they're marching for illegal immigration? Politics aside rallies and large group gatherings are always cool and fun.

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  7. Man... I wish I could have been there. Your pictures captured it pretty well, though, I must say...

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  8. I remember that day. Some powerful stuff.

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  9. it's great you got your old photos back
    looks cool

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  10. Always nice to be part of a crowd, feel the movement, for one goal :D

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  11. I defo need to visit L.A man...

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  12. it's great when people stand togheter like this

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  13. Good post and great pictures. It good to hear that your pictures made it back from the abyss of broken technology. Looking forward to more pictures from that day.

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  14. looks cool
    I regret not being there :(

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  15. i'm eager to see the other pictures!

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  16. thanks for all the great comments guys!!lol i'm posting more soon, i have a ton i want to post!!

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  17. Looking forward to more posts!

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  18. Always good to have a recovery of sorts. I've never marched for anything so I will never know they feeling the white-haired gardener had.
    Or maybe I will? Who knows.
    Those demonstrations, sometimes it's the only way to get attention.

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  19. Good work with the pics dude, keep it up (:

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  20. good photos there. thanks for sharing

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  21. yay for getting your pictures back =) these ones look good, I can't wait to see the rest

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  22. Nice pictures, hope conditions improve soon for everyone, not just ilegals.

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  23. OMG it was freakin spectacular... we changed so much that day!

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  24. I'm glad you got your pictures back, you nephew deserves some serious thanking :)

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  25. Looks very cool. Glad to see someone cares enough to post about this.

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  26. Love the pictures so much very patriotic.

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  27. Great pictures, thanks for sharing. Lot of change going on, changing what has already been changed

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  28. Love the pictures. The first one is very powerful.

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  29. I live in the LA area. I remember this in 2006

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  30. It's been a long time since that dude, the first pic looks really meaningful

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  31. Cool! The pictures looks very lively

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  32. the first picture is aweeesome

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