Sunday, March 21, 2010

Box Eight Fashion : Refocus, Photo Op Denied

Gabby Applegate
Future Heretics
Future Heretics
The final night of fashion and photography featured 5 designers and photographers at the Box Eight studios. The "photo op" was cut short by Box Eight founder and photographer Peter Gurnz. Invited and fully credentialed media photographers, with coded wrist bands, were told not to take any photos of the models and fashions by Future Heretics, although taking photos of the empty set was permitted.
iPhonies clicked on.
Two other fashion photographers turned their lights to the absolute lowest setting so other invited media photographers would not take any images of them and the fashions.
Not all of the fashion photographers were so media unfriendly. Fashion photographer extraordinaire Ben Cope kept his lights on high and didn't seem to mind the coverage.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2010

Day 2 at Box Eight L.A. Fashion Week

Lloyd Klein
Eduardo Lucero
Michael Costello
Michael Costello
Le Sang Des Betes
Lloyd Klein
Day 2 at the Box Eight studios. 5 designers were featured in the photo shoot performance art format. Again it was a nightmare trying to shoot around the iPhonies. The sets were wonderful and the fashion was solid, Eduardo Lucero designs were clearly the best of the evenings presentations. Photographers August Bradley and Ben Cope took some amazing photos all evening long.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2010

Saturday, March 20, 2010

L.A. Fashion Week @ Box Eight Studios

Skin Graft
Skin Graft
Isabel Lu
Isabel Lu
Box Eight studios held a 4 designer fashion presentation along with a fashion photo shoot. The new presentation was a hit with the crowd, not so much with the photographers. They had to fight for space with the iPhoney crowd to shoot for their prospective clients.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2010

Friday, March 19, 2010

Yotam Solomon FW 2010 Collection

L.A. Fashion designer Yotam Solomon kicks off L.A.'s fashion week with his FW 2010 Native American Collection. His collection featured his trademark geometric patterns and cutouts, along with a strong avant-guard design.
The presentation was held high up in the Hollywood Hills.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2010

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Fargo Street Hill Climb

Tacking up Fargo Street.
Close to the top.
3rd fall of her day.
Made it.
The starting line.
Traffic jam near the top,
This kid did it under a minute!
Rode strait up.
The starting line.
Cyclist from all over L.A. attempt to climb the city's steepest street, Fargo.
Fargo Street is only a couple of blocks long but measures around 33% grade around the top. Many cyclist do not make it up. This year drew around 100 contestants, several did the climb a few times. Most cyclist rode altered mountain bikes with gearing at around 1:1. A couple of roadies showed up and did the climb with 34x25 gearing, going strait up with little or no tacking. One 17 year old roadie made the accent in under a minute.
The record for completed accents is 101, set by Steve Gilmore in 2008.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2010

Friday, March 12, 2010

Anti-Whale Meat Protest @ The Hump

Louie Psihoyos
Ady Gil

200 people protested outside of the uber-trendy Santa Monica sushi restaurant, The Hump, today for selling illegal whale meat sushi. The Hump was charged by federal officials in a month long undercover sting of selling Sei whale meat sushi on a clandestine menu. Whale meat is illegal to sell in the U.S., and the restaurant and sushi chef are facing hefty fines for providing it as a menu item.
Louie Psihoyos, the Oscar winning director of "The Cove," spoke at the protest along with Ady Gil.
Ady showed me his plans for the Ady Gil 2, he wouldn't allow me to photograph them though. All I can say that it was be totally awesome and capable of speeds of around 50 knots. The Ady Gil 2 will be comprised of mostly light weight carbon fiber, have 4 big engines, and will be made in New Zealand.

Photos by Ted Soqui @ 2010

Saturday, March 6, 2010

March Meet @ Auto Club Famoso Raceway

Mendy Fry

Leah Pruett, Top Eliminator Funny Car Class

Somewhere just past Buck Owens Blvd. and Merle Haggard Drive, yes there are streets named after these fine folks, is drag racing's nirvana, the Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, CA.
The March Meet at the Auto Club Famoso Raceway which features the best of classic and vintage dragster and funny car racing started this Friday. It's all about chrome, rubber, nitro, 1320 ft, and speed.
Some of the people spotted at this year's meet were, Mendy Fry, Leah Pruett, Roland Leong, and Joe Walla.

Photography and footage by Ted Soqui © 2010