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
Bocce Ball Men
Los Angeles Magazine/Bocce Ball - Burbank
A while back I photographed a group of older Italian men that play bocce ball/argue/fight with each other every week in Burbank. Fun assignment.
Bloomberg Businessweek Shoot….!
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………..
busty tearsheet scans