Thursday, August 18, 2016

Emperor Statue in LA

A sculpture named "The Emperor Has No Balls" made an appearance in Los Angeles today.
Many other duplicate sculptures appeared in other US cites as well.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2016
Wackiness at Wacko.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Summit Inn Destroyed by Blue Cut Fire

The historic and wonderful Summit Inn in Hesperia burned to the ground last evening due to fast moving Blue Cut fire. Not much survived from the fire, a couple of signs and china ware made it through. The fire rolled quickly through the area and fire fighters were spread too thin over the large fire area to protect the property.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2016
The gift shop.

Victorville FD.

Broken window glass at the gift shop.

Coffee cups.

The cafe.

The flag was the only thing that survived the night of fire.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Sunset Boulevard Noir

Sunset Boulevard near the junction in Silverlake.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2016
Sunset Blvd.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

The Venetians '93

These images were photographed 23 years ago in the community of Oakwood/Venice, CA. It was one year after the L.A. riots and the area was undergoing a sea-change. The L.A.Weekly sent writer Jill Sharer and me to do a report on the area. The area was under siege by gangs, drugs, police, and rich gentrifiers. In the middle of it all was an amazing vibrant community. Here a small selection of images from then.
Wondering who stayed and where are they now.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 1993

An Oakwood Allstar Little Leaguer.

Young boy holding a dying sparrow.

Basketball on a Oakwood street.

Young boy sweeping the sidewalk in Oakwood.