Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas To All

...and to all a goodnight.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2011

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Santa Ana Winds Visit LA

Santa Ana winds, with gust as high as 70 miles per hour, race across Los Angeles county.
The Santa Anas, also know as "Devil Winds," knocked over a giant 100 foot tree in Glendale just in time for Christmas. Power and local services were shut down and some residents were evacuated due to a possible gas leak.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2011

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Before The Shot (Update)

Here is a visual timeline of images right before "the shot" that was used to illustrate Time Magazine's Person of the Year 2011 "The Protester."
I started off with a wide angle lens and wasn't really feeling the image. Once Sarah Mason put on her bandana, which was soaked in vinegar just in case the LAPD decided to use tear gas on her and her fellow protesters, I knew it would have to be a tight shot. Immediately I switched to a 70-200 zoom lens and shot about 5 frames of Sarah close up. The "one" shot stood out to me instantly and I knew no more needed to be taken.


Found an image of Sarah marching in downtown LA taken a month before "the shot." Was going through my archives looking for another image and ran across this one.
One month before taking" the shot" at a protest in downtown LA. Sarah (L) marching. 10-15-2011

Wide angle. 
Still wide.

Adding vinegar to their bandanas.

A wide tight shot, still not quite right.

Went wide once again.

Right before 'the image."

Time cover.
Photos by Ted Soqui © 2011

Year In Photos 2011

Images from Los Angeles during one trip around the sun on our Earth. 2011.

2011 Year End Slideshow Images - Images by Ted Soqui

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2011

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Time Magazine Person Of The Year 2011

An image I photographed of an Occupy LA protester made it on the cover of Time Magazine.
The image was adapted by artist Shepard Fairey and now represents Time Magazine's 2011 Person of the Year "The Protester."
I took the photo at a protest at the Bank of America building in downtown LA. There was a small group of protesters linking arms and making a human chain around several tents near the front of the building. I made a few wide angle photos, then realized a tight shot was going to be way better. There was only one photo where eye contact was made, and that's the shot.
The woman in the photo camped out at LA City Hall and was arrested during the LAPD raid and spent time in jail.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Lenin Head On La Brea

A giant chrome Lenin head appears outside the Ace Gallery on LA Brea Ave.
The name of the giant sculpture is " Miss Mao Trying to Poise Herself at the Top of Lenin's Head," and is made by the Gao Brothers from China.

ECU of Lenin's head.

Miss Mao atop Lenin's head.
Photos By Ted Soqui © 2011

After The Rain

After the rain in Los Angeles. Get to take this image about once a year, it always makes a nice way to end the year.
Click on the image to see larger.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2011

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Occupy L.A. Moves On

The Occupy movement moves on in to a nation wide effort to take over and protect foreclosed homes.
A crowd of a couple hundred protesters from Occupy L.A., clergy, and unions move in and protect a  home in South Gate, CA owned by the Casas family. The Casas family has owned their home since 1975 and now are being evicted by Wells Fargo bank. The Casas stated they have made every payment, but are now facing $3000 per month balloon payments from a loan modification.

The Casas home.

Rebecca Casas.


Occupying South Gate.
Photos by Ted Soqui © 2011

Friday, December 2, 2011

Santa Ana Wind Damage (Updated)

Santa Ana winds gusting up to 100 mph wreck havoc at the San Gabriel Mission.
Statues of Jesus, Mary, and John the Apostle were damaged when a giant eucalyptus tree fell up on them, turning the Jesus statue upside down and hanging by it's feet.
The statues are about 70 years old and are located in the mission's cemetery. The mission has already received promises of repair from an art director in Hollywood.

The Highland Park area got hit hard with the Santa Ana's too. On Ave 57, several large ficus trees fell and crushed a couple of vehicles. Crews were on hand clearing the downed trees and wires. Most of the area is without power, cable, or land phone service. The Stoplights on Figueroa were also without power.
Not 3 wheel motion.

A large ficus tree on top of a Ford van.

Red car and toppled tree on Ave 57.

Jesus and Mary.

Jesus statue.

The right arm of Jesus broken off.

The wind cries Mary.
Photos by Ted Soqui © 2011

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

L.A.P.D. Raids Occupy L.A.

The camp at Occupy L.A. located at L.A. city hall was raided by several hundred L.A.P.D. officers. The officers entered the part with lightning speed, carving up the park with lines of officers in riot gear.
I didn't see any incidents between the officers and demonstrators, and very few have been reported so far. Journalist were allowed to report and photograph inside the park for about 20 minutes during the raid, then the pool took over coverage for the arrest and park clean up.
The L.A.P.D eventually took over the streets around city hall, forcing any lingering protesters out of the area.
As the protesters left the area, they chanted and clapped in unison. I heard one officer clap along with them.

The raid.

LAPD officers inside the park.

Demonstrator watching the raid.

LAPD officers looking at the trees in the park for protesters.

A barrier was set up at the park entrance.

LAPD motor officers on 1st street.

A demonstrator sleeping on 1st street.

Protesters holding a candle light vigil during the raid.
Photos by Ted Soqui © 2011

Monday, November 28, 2011

Walt Disney Concert Hall Morning Light

The Walt Disney Concert Hall bathed in orange sunlight this morning at 6:45am.

Shadows of palm tress on the Walt Disney Concert Hall this morning.
Photo by Ted Soqui © 2011

LAPD Attempt To Move Out Occupy LA

Hundreds of L.A.P.D. officers were lined up and ready to move out the occupants of Occupy L.A. in downtown L.A. last night. Hundreds of Occupy LA demonstrators took over First Street for most of the evening, stopping all traffic in the area.
L.A.P.D. officers asked the demonstrators to move out of the street and back in to the park at L.A. city hall.
The eviction notice that was ordered by L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was supposed to take affect at 12:01am Monday evening.

Occupy LA protestors at LA city hall.

Resting on First Street.

Occupy LA demonstrators on First Street.

Occupy LA demonstrators link arms around city hall park.

City hall park.

LAPD on first Street.

LAPD officer on First Street.
Photos by Ted Soqui © 2011

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Occupy L.A. Last Afternoon

Hundreds of tents and members of Occupy L.A. are still entrenched on the lawn outside of L.A. city hall. Many have vowed to be arrested, and will not leave voluntarily.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has set a deadline for all occupy L.A. occupants to be gone by 12:01am Monday morning, or risk arrest for trespassing. L.A.P.D. Charlie Beck has stated that the L.A.P.D. will not rush in to the park directly at 12:01am.

Tents on the north lawn of L.A. city hall.

Occupy L.A.

Gas mask vender.

Occupy L.A. demonstrator.

Occupy L.A. demonstrator in a tree at L.A. city hall.

Dex, a homeless man on the north lawn of L.A. city hall.
Photos by Ted Soqui © 2011