Here’s a preview for a new project with a new friend, Rishi Kumar, from my hometown of Diamond Bar. He’s a sustainable suburban farmer/educator who’s turned every usable foot of yard-space at his suburban home into food growing space, where they produce food year round. Rishi has also been working with the nearby Pomona Unified School District where he’s helping to build gardens at some of the schools and always working on grant proposals for more.
Here’s a few photos from his home and two garden work days at the local elementary schools.
This is a job from USC/Dornsife College Mag that just came out. I was hired to photograph various aspects of the city of Pacoima in the San Fernando Valley for a story USC was doing on an environmental justice program (PERE) in the Dornsife College at USC.
Pacoima was listed as a “Toxic hotspot” community, where air pollution levels regularly exceed safety standards recommended by the state, along with five other lower income, mostly Hispanic communities. Maria Guzman (portrait) volunteered to monitor air pollution levels in Pacoima for PERE. The city is bordered on three sides by the 210, 5 and 118 freeways, while countless industrial businesses, auto shops and recycling plants line the streets. My job was to find the line where the urban and suburban meet and are forced to coexist.
One of the best assignments of the few I’ve had so far. It was also amazing that they requested I shoot film for the project, after seeing my series on my hometown. I spent about 5 days cruising Pacoima morning - afternoon. DREAM JOB
Have a nice spread in the September/October issue of Pacific Standard Magazine of a photo from a personal project following the Hye Riders, an Armenian MC based in Pasadena. I was riding in the sidecar of one of the members Harley’s going down Hollywood Blvd. for this photo. Amazing day. I sent my work to the CD at PS Mag and he replied saying he would like to use of my photos for this section where they break down a photograph. So happy with how it turned out.
Portrait of a friend from high school, Amer Saleemi at his new house in Diamond Bar. Amer is an old friend, such a character. He studies physics and he has the best hair ever. His new lawn is amazing, so soft and green!!! I need to spend more time in Diamond Bar.
Does anyone care ? I know why LA people hate the OC, but I secretly love it. I feel more at home in Orange County than L.A. So nice to be exploring corporate business parks again, reminds me of my childhood. I grew up in a neighborhood surrounded by business parks and would get kicked out of the same ones every night for skateboarding with my brothers.
The people are way nicer too. Damn. This guy Tony washing the Ferrari has an auto-detailing business contract with residents of this fancy high rise in Irvine and was super down to let me shoot around. Love red cars. Couldn’t help it. Going back to see him next week! He said the Ferrari was nothing compared to some of his other client’s cars. yay
Here are a couple photos from earlier today. Shot for a little bit at the annual Armenian Genocide Protest in Little Armenia, Hollywood. I’m super fascinated with Armenian American Culture/history (if you didn’t know.)
Such an interesting story here with super passionate people. You could see 3 generations marching together shouting for justice and recognizance of the genocide from the Turkish government, who denies there ever was a genocide.
It was a little rough shooting it, I would say “Hey guys would you mind if I took your picture?” response would be “Yes bro, I mind. Don’t take my picture.” Fine then bro.
A couple weeks ago I got a dream assignment from Bloomberg Businessweek shooting a realtor/real estate story in Suburban North San Diego. I spent the day with realtor Jim Klinge and writer Karen Weise at one of his open houses and on a tour of some other suburban developments in the area. Through his youtube videos, Jim documented the collapse of the Southern California housing market around 2008 and is now documenting the recent boom in the market.
Such a fun day! Felt like personal work, fits right into my book. I got to shoot it how I would shoot any other personal work. Definitely got a couple for my book. Here are some selects………..
I spent this past Sunday photographing a fashion event at UC Irvine called Dollyhouse Runway. The show featured SoCal “Lolita” fashion designers, lolita vendors and a rock band that I didn’t stay for. Lolita fashion from what I understood is where girls dress like dolls.
Felt good shooting personal work and a bunch of film. So nice not looking at the back of a busted ass digital camera for a change..
Spent the day with the Hye Riders, an Armenian Motorcycle club out of Pasadena, CA. Really interesting day…Got to ride in the sidecar of one of the guys and cruise from Pasadena to Hollywood for the protest/demonstration in Little Armenia/Turkish Embassy. Here are a couple photos from the day.