By Willie G.
Sugar Sugar By Willie Gomez
This photo was taken with my NikonFM10 using some basic B&W film by Arista at 400iso. This photo was taken next to McArthur Park in Los Angeles. I was out for a stroll while my friend took care of his paper work to finish getting his paperwork to have his permit to work here and legally reside here; being he came from Mexico at 11 years old. My parents are going to court against the U.S. Immigration Branch to win their citizenship after we got pulled over coming from a family trip from AZ and we actually won the first case but they appealed against us. But enough about that; with this photo I wanted to accomplish that feel for L.A. where its crowded, people are bussling to hop on the bus needed, the different ethnecities rushing by one another but each one has their own path to follow, their own unknown story. But at the samtime I feel it might be a tad boring.
Different Levels of Society
This photo was taken with my NikonFM10 using some Arista Premium B&W film at 400iso. I took this photo on 2nd street in the Art District of Downtown Los Angeles. I called this different levels of society for the fact that you see a cop, a homeless, a business man, a regular joe all in the same photo. The cop in a way looking down at the smaller person, the guy is just doing anything he could to get day by day. A business man waiting minding his business and acting like a big shot. the regular joe just passing by and going on with his day. This photo I feel is powerful in a sense of how the cop is looking down at the homeless man just doing an old school spit shine. In a way making the bigger person actually look like the smaller in a sense; no respect but what if I walked up to them and had a little chat; then I would hear the true story and see what’s going on. So for this reason I love photography because you’ll never truly see the bigger photo or the surroundings of the photo but you’ll see an image that reflects something about your philosophy and perspective on life; something that suits you. But at the same time I feel theirs not a lot to catch the eye. What are your thoughts?
I’ll be publishing some photos right now in a few; some more B&W photos but this time with some of Downtown Los Angeles infamous street art. Check them out and let me know what you think.
Frontside Boardslide by Willie G.
So I’ve been a bit M.I.A. for the last couple days. Its been a long week for me, I been applying for this job at LAX Airport and got it; well I need to do all the prerequisite work they want then for sure I’ll be in. It was also my 21st birthday yesterday so of course, I got drunk. But now I’ll do a quick review of my last two photos I published. Hopefully I get money so I could buy more film, and develop the ones I do have. I been hella broke.
This photo was taken with my NikonFM10 using some AristaEDU black and white film at 400ISO. I took this photo on one of my many walks around and in Downtown Los Angeles. This was a bridge near 2nd street and it had a bunch of old graff. This one and a couple others had been up their, well, since ‘08. Thats four years! wow; but unfortunately I went more recently and they were already buffed out. I took it in B&W because of the film I had but the color on this piece was a real bright green and the piece next to it was filled with all sorts of color. This in its own form is art. Some might say its vandalism, but I think its like saying architecture is just the act of building a home or building, architecture is art in its own form. But who has the real right to say, legitamately, to say “this is art” or “this isnt art”
This photo was taken with my NikonFM10 using some Arista EDU film at 400iso. The location was on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood. I love LA; Hollywood: all of Souther California because their so much art around us. The streets are filled with it and all have their own purpose or meaning. This one has two soda cans holding sugar packets dancing with frowns. Their were three more that got cut out of the shot; but I like this mural they did because in a way it shows how some poeple are in a way addicted to the products of company. Frowns because sadly, some is never enough so they want more. All dancing the same shows how their are groups of people who are hooked on this thats why you as a person have to think outside the group and do what you want. Dont dance along with them because their doing it, dont drink because you want to or feel the need to, do you rellly need it? do you want to be the same as the ones before us? What are your thoughts?
Well later on I’ll be publishing some more photos in B&W and those are some of my all time favorite portraits I took. I’d put them on queue but Im in a hurry so I’ll be on later. Look forward to those shots as much as I am and let me know what you think about them.
Since ‘08 By Willie Gomez
This photo was taken with my NikonFM10 using some AristaEDU black and white film with 400iso. This was taken near the MOCA on Broadway St. in Downtown Los Angeles. This is a prime example of being at the right place at the right time. That wasn’t a friend of mine but a random skater; a good one for that matter. I was at the level above which is why the photo is looking down at him. Im a skateboarder myself; skating a organika board and a santa cruz cruiser for those days I feel like a cruise on Venice Beach. The trick he did on his third try was a Frontside Boardslide on a pretty big rail. He just went for it; bailed a two times; third time was the charm and rode away with his homies. Two taxi cab drivers were standing aside watching him attempt this. Being a skater he had no care about them so he was doing what he loves. I decided to use the rule of thirds to show the massive stairset he just skated down. Although I wish I would’ve have been able to get the floor too to show where it ends. This should show all you shy people, shy artist, shy photographers to just go for it and not have a worry about what someone might say or do. Do what you love and go for it.
“ Loi ”
This photo was taken with my NikonFM10 using some Arista Premium black and white film at 400iso. I took this photo of my friend Loi interacting with the outside permanent art instillation they have outside one of the buildings at the LACMA in Los Angeles. This is what I call interactive art, where its a piece of art but it lets the viewer in a way be one with it and let the energy of this piece flow through them and through their minds. They can do what they want with it and feel the freedom that the artist felt when creating this piece. Its pretty neet cause it allowed me to really play around with my focuse and the depth of field. I could’ve easily focused on the string nearest me leaving the subject a mystery. I feel the picture overall feels “soft” to the eye. What are your thoughts?
I’ll be publishing some more B&W photos later on. I ran into a couple shots I have forgotten about and forgot in fact how much I loved these shots. I might publish those tonight but if not I’ll be publishing some others as a suspense builder sort of way. So look forward to those as much as I am and let me know what you think.
Loi By Willie G.