Thursday, April 30, 2015

Paris Photo LA 2015

Paris Photo LA is back.
This year's exhibit showcases some of the world's best photography.
I really like the rediscovered work of R. J. Arnold. He was a portrait photographer who shot some amazing photos of Californians back in the 1880's.
Leica sponsored a strange exhibit, "Silenzio" by Francois Fontaine, consisting of out of focus images that defy logic or reason. Maybe irony is the best way to feature how sharp their camera's are?
Thankfully Paris Photo LA will feature 78 other exhibiters, many of them with sharp and wonderful photography.
Check it out this weekend at the Paramount Studios backlot.

Photos by Ted Soqui
Paramount's backlot

Walk that way.

Silenzio by Francois Fontaine.

Edward Sheriff Curtis.

R.J. Arnold showcases his retouching skills back in the day.

Glass plate negative by R.J. Arnold on display.

R.J. Arnold's negative reversed.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015


Downtown Los Angeles 23 years ago today.
First night of the Los Angeles riots of 1992.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 1992
LAPD cruiser on fire on Main Street.
A thin blue line at Parker Center.

Next to Parker Center.

Security Pacific Bank.
Metropolitan Newspaper Building.


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

...No Peace

A solidarity protest for the City of Baltimore in downtown Los Angeles today on the eve of the 23rd anniversary of the LA Riots of 1992.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2015 peace.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Florence and Normandie

Today at Florence and Normandie in South Central LA.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2015
Ground zero.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

La Brea Tar Pits

The main pond at the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2015
Reflections of the present and past.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Armenian Genocide March

Up to one-hundred thousand people marched through the streets of Los Angeles today to mark the 100 year anniversary of the Armenian genocide by the Turkish Ottoman Empire back in 1915.
The Turkish government still has not apologized or recognized the genocide to this day.
President Obama still has not recognized the event as a genocide as well.
The City of Los Angeles and Mayor Garcetti have fully recognized the genocide, and have name a square in Hollywood to commemorate the people of Armenia and the genocide of 1915.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2015

LA strong.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Bates Motel

The Sunset Pacific Motel, known as the Bates Motel to Silverlake locals due to it's location on Bates and Sunset Blvd, has undergone an transformation from eye-sore to art.
French artist Vincent Lamouroux white-washed the property with a special eco friendly paint made of lime and other inert substances. He painted everything he legally could including the property's palm trees. The white washing has given the motel an eerie almost church-like infrared look. Lamouroux named the project "Projection."
There will be a opening on April 26, then the motel will be demolished and replaced by an apartment building.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2015

Friday, April 17, 2015

FBF Hillary Clinton

Took this image back in 2008, when Hillary Clinton was running for the Democratic nomination for president. Saw this Marilyn Monroe impersonator standing out front of the then Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. She was hoping to meet Hillary Clinton, who was going to debate Barack Obama inside the theatre.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2008
Waiting for Hillary.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Clear Los Angeles

A day after a brief rain storm. Mt. Baldy has some snow on it for a few days too.

Downtown with snow capped Mt. Baldy.
Photo by Ted Soqui © 2015
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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Night Fire on Olympic Blvd.

Only in Los Angeles do we get fire right after a rain storm.
A six-story commercial structure caught fire, it took 170 LAFD firefighters to extinguish the flames. One rescue was performed. Olympic at Union was shut down to all traffic.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2015
Arson on scene.

LAFD watching the ground floors.

Olympic Blvd. shut down.

LAFD fire fighters on the roof.

LAFD firecopter providing assistance.

Quick Rain in LA

A quick rain storm made it's way to Los Angeles this afternoon.
Gave us a quick soaking, maybe some May flowers?

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2015
Upside down palm trees inside rain drops.

Just enough...

...for the city.

Waiting For Rain

A water parched city waiting for some April showers.
Just light sprinkles so far on the Mulholland Drive overlook.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2015
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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Blood Moon (Updated)

A lunar eclipse over the skies of Los Angeles this early morning.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2015
From rising full moon to full blood moon.

Blood moon with stars.


Friday, April 3, 2015

Crucifixion of Christ in Los Angeles

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles re-enacted the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on the street of downtown Los Angeles.
Today is good Good Friday, marking the day Jesus was crucified.
Hundred of onlookers watched the re-enactment which was held in Spanish.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2015
Jesus re-enacted.

Watching the trial of Jesus.

Pontius Pilate overseeing the trial of Jesus on the steps of LA City Hall.

Jesus carrying the cross to Calvary Hill up Main Street.

Jesus taking a break at Los Angeles St. and Temple St.