Thursday, February 2, 2017

LAX Immigration Ban Protests

It was a busy weekend for me covering protests at LAX. I was on assignment shooting basic footage of the protests. Per usual, I did my best to use it as an opportunity to photograph what was going on. 

This time, I even juggled a Facebook live stream as 25 detainees were released from LAX. Adding to that, I also try and send out updates via Twitter, which means I've always got something I'm doing out there. It's a lot to juggle, and sometimes it doesn't work out all that well, but I felt good about the work I did covering the protests.

It was also pretty incredible to be able to walk on the road at LAX without a vehicle near me. Anyone who's been at LAX knows the madhouse it is trying to navigate traffic there. I think one of the strangest parts of covering the protest was just how normal things could seem when the protestors were around the bend. Traffic was light, but you couldn't hear the chanting and it was almost like a normal day. If you didn't have to complete the loop, you might never know that there was actually thousands of people protesting just down the way.

Strange things. 

Anyways, here's a wide edit of the evening. Thanks for looking.

And reading.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 New Years Resolution Retrospective

A year ago I New Years tasked myself with making better portraits in 2016. Portraits have long been a daunting task for me. Photographing people directly is hard, I'm awkward, and there was a complex about vanity and posing and what it meant to take a portrait that I struggled to come to terms with. At the end of last year, I struggled to find good portraits I had made. I struggled to find any that really made me feel anything.

I think I made good on my resolution. There's still a lot of work to be done and I can't say that everything here is amazing, but it was a process and I welcomed it more than I ever have before. This year, I'm not ready to say this is what I want to get better at about anything in particular. I still want to get better at making portraits, and even more so, I want to get better about asking people if I can make their portrait. I also hope to make more video projects.  

I made a great deal more portraits than this, but I tried to distill the selection down to the stronger ones and to include the various opportunities I had. Hopefully they're worth your time. 

Thanks for looking and happy new year.