Thursday, April 3, 2014

every thing is cheaper in South LA

99 cent store on the corner of 65th and Main in South Los Angeles

Monday, March 25, 2013

eating out


Taken on the corner of San Pedro st and Vernon ave.
All around south Los Angeles you can find little kiosks that people have set up serving various kinds of authentic food. This one happens to be next door to an auto upholstery. I admire the bravery of these vendors who breath life into the hum drum of the streets.

Monday, January 7, 2013

prisoners of the sun

at 51st and broadway, a memorial for a boy that was shot and killed.

Monday, October 15, 2012

darkroom complete!

new work coming soon.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

baptist molder

banksy posted up on a wall on washington and longbeach just a block away from this.
a strange old church with a house attached.
if only he knew, i guess it makes no difference.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

river tributaries

LA river is a big concrete wonderland. in certain parts the tributaries are open and you can travel
along with the rats deep under the belly of the city. its pretty damn creepy.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

milo and the icehouse

its a little ice house and milo is the owner. something about this place caught my attention.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

tams #7

good eats in this OG spot, 51st and central. tams #7.
facing in the direction of south LA now.

Monday, January 24, 2011

jewelry district

looking out of an alley around 7th and hill

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

el gavilan

i love taco's.
also i should mention these were taken on the corner of washington and central.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

make of it what you can

somebody had placed these objects on the ground by the side of a building portal in the vicinity of 6th and crocker.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

turning point

drove by this old theater builing on broadway a few days back and noticed its undergoing a face lift.
incidentally "turning point" is the name of an Lp by lonnie smith, on blue note/liberty circa 69, with leo morris and melvin sparks. the dream team.

Monday, April 26, 2010

broadway around 6th

before this building was restored i would marvel at the condition of the paint.
it was something that nobody tried to control until maybe a couple of years back when it was painted yellow.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

temple of the sun

i like old impala's. i saw this one down around 98th and broadway.

Monday, December 21, 2009

fallas peredes

fallas peredes is a dept store with bucket rate prices on the corner of 5th and broadway. it specializes in obscure ideas of what clothing could be, things that maybe lingered on the rack for a little too long in other dept stores.
not that popular somewhere else finds zeal in this place.

there was a scaffolding around this building, put there after i had taken these shots, and i thought "uh huh, here we go, they are going to wreck another nice little piece of history, a microcosm of LA life down the toilet with new landlords and all that bullshit", but no, i was wrong, fallas peredes has expanded to the second floor, now three levels, and the building just looks cleaner. thank god.

Monday, December 7, 2009

charly O's

outside the old charly O's on 5th and spring.

Thursday, November 19, 2009


i met hurricane just around the corner.

Friday, September 25, 2009


i was at aud's and derek's old place, a top floor loft facing main st. we watched a battalion of police officers cuff some dude, and haul him away. he had a plastic bag with him that he dropped by the sidewalk.
when i left aud's i grabbed the bag, carried it home and photographed the contents.

Sunday, August 30, 2009


i found a row of cadilacs on imperial in south LA.

Sunday, April 19, 2009


for years this building on 9th and Hill i think, stood slowly collecting grime, soot, syringes, broken windows, graffiti, used rubbers, blood, and families and families of rats, as well as serving as a valuable source for parking has now joined the dandy lot, the prancing pony club.
sandblasted, fresh paint, new windows and blah blah blah. basically fucked it.
i know i know, that sounds kind of negative, but call me sentimental. i like the way time leaves its mark. especially on something so glorious as downtown los angeles.

this is a Japanese word that describes a sentiment and fascination with the decay of architecture.

Friday, February 27, 2009


leroy, I met him a few blocks from my old place, aound 11th and san pedro. he was dropping off his laundry.
he agreed to let make take some photos. it was also raining that day, as you can see. I like when it rains in los angeles,
which is seldom, nobody is ever ready for it and it changes the way things look.
come to think of it, leroy was pretty well prepaired.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


I took this picture on Wabash st in east LA. I am afraid I could not let this
architectural oddity pass me by. I thought the add-ons to the initial structure
were really worth photographing. its two 4x5 b/w frames stitched together
in photoshop.

Monday, August 25, 2008

spinning top

this tree now stands alone after the city set a pile of uncomfortable boulders and sharp rocks around the base of its trunk.
there used to be regulars that would spend time in the shade on the wall, but I guess the city deemed them an unsavory lot.

Friday, July 25, 2008


side A

side B

I was sitting at banquette, with inmo and maybe patric and steve, at 4th and main a couple of years back, in the hey day of the locals, when that strange silver haired security guy walks up and incongruently says, "hey, does anyone want a real prison shank?".
we are like uhh? whats this cooky guy going on about now. then he proceeds to produce from his pocket this scabby little nasty street knife. I was a little slow on the uptake, normal, and inmo was thinking pretty quick. he grabs it and puts it in his pocket, just as I am realising what it is. damn! shit! fuck! i am thinking and inmo can see my desire. I must photograph that thing!
I literally had to pry that nasty grubby object of bad energy from inmo's hands after days of persuasion.
I know he was enjoying the torment I was going through. devellish little bastard, still love him though.

Friday, July 18, 2008

two corners

two corners that have forever changed. both of these frames were taken around mid 2004.
its so different on both of these corners now,

the image below is 5th and broadway, now there is a rite aid drug store, and the building is gentryfied.

and this is 8th and broadway, also a new loft gentryfication job, with a necklace of biege planters and cute mini pines.

I suppose I should be thinking about reshooting these two corners, but now that they are glammed up they don't have the same appeal.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

crack pipe of some sort

I was walking down San Pedro St, just having crossed 6th, and en-route to 5th, when I stepped over some neatly folded newspaper, I took a few more paces and then stopped. for some reason I had not stood on that folded piece of newspaper. my curiousity went on auto pilot. I went back and unwrapped the paper and this fucking filthy ass crack-pipe was all bundled up and still in one piece and now in my hands. good job I had my shoulder bag with me, unfortunatly I had to carry it with me for the rest of the afternoon, but, I got it back safe for a photograph.
I guess you just never know whats in a nicely folded piece of newspaper on the ground in the street.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

9th & broadway

the images above are from 9th and broadway in downtown LA.
the building looks like it used to be a dept store, but its been sitting suspended like this for some time. the developers seem to be going through spurts on the gentrification of this building. personally I like it just the way it is.
I realize this block will change, but I enjoy it while I can.
the developers, in my opinion, always try and pretty up their investments, but rarely do I like the beige and planters.
I prefer the accumulation of artifacts and the build up of layers of grit and grime that occur over long periods of time. it tells me something about a place.

Monday, June 16, 2008

downtown LA portraits

a triptych of portraits made in downtown LA.
the woman on the far left was definitely on a "jones", she was getting impatient and so I gave her a few bucks towards her cause.
the guy in the middle was a little scary, and I was havig a hard time shooting him with the view camera because he kept thinking that after I would appear from the dark cloth that the shot had been taken and he would start moving again, also I was shooting at an 8th / sec, a pretty slow shutter speed.
the girl on the right seemed intriguing because she was really so beautiful, but with a closer inspection of the shot you can see things are not ok and she probably had a jones too.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

the way to the citadel

here is the complete set of four views. the story behind this vehicle is worth noting.
I came out of my place sometime ago, to come face to face with this van. it suddenly appeared from nowhere. no engine or drive train, and all the cardboard, dust and pin/ups still intact. how could this be possible. somebody must have towed this thing over to my doorstep very very gently, not to disturb any of the artifacts. people were shooting up and screwing in there, and when I came out with my view camera, they opened up the door and took off.
I took these four views, and the next day the thing was gone.