Surfers named Greg

Greg Jr. of the Black Surfers Collective at Venice Beach. Photo by Jim Newberry. Greg Jr. and Sr. of the Black Surfers Collective at Venice Beach. Photo by Jim Newberry. Greg Jr. of the Black Surfers Collective at Venice Beach. Photo by Jim Newberry.

Earlier this month I photographed Greg Rachal and his son Greg Jr. at Venice Beach. Greg is the co-president of the Black Surfers Collective, a group I’ve been shooting portraits of for the last few months (here are a couple portraits I shot for the series last June).

Nic and Nora

Nic and Nora in Highland Park, Los Angeles. Photo by Jim Newberry. Nora Brank and Nic Maier photographed in L.A. by Jim Newberry.

On Monday I photographed my friends and neighbors, Nic and Nora, with their dog Solo Vino (strangely not named Asta) at their Highland Park digs. Nic is one of the creators of the high-weirdness, VHS-obsessed site, Everything is Terrible.

David Burns & Austin Young at Fruitique

David Burns and Austin Young of Fallen Fruit, at their Fruitique. Photo by Jim Newberry.

David Burns and Austin Young at their Fruitique. These guys are onto something good, check out their site, Fallen Fruit.

Esteban Schimpf

Esteban Schimpf portrait by Jim Newberry. Esteban Schimpf portrait by Jim Newberry.

I shot these portraits of artist Esteban Schimpf at his Highland Park, Los Angeles apartment last night. I met him a few months ago here in L.A., but it turns out we lived a few blocks from each other in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood in the early 2000s. Check out Schimpf’s work here.

Divine Infants

Miniature baby Jesus statues at a Botanica in Los Angeles. Photo by Jim Newberry.

I went to three different Botanicás in L.A.’s Westlake neighborhood, hoping to shoot environmental portraits of the proprietors inside. None wanted to be photographed, but they all graciously allowed me to take non-portraits inside their establishments. The baby Jesus statuettes did not protest.

Graffiti murals in Highland Park: 360° panorama

360° panoramic photo of Graffiti murals in Highland Park, Los Angeles, by  Jim Newberry.Click the image for an immersive, 360° view. I shot this in an alleyway off Figueroa St, across from the Highland movie theater in L.A.

 

Levi Ponce

Artist Levi Ponce in Pacoima, Los Angeles. Photo by Jim Newberry. Artist Levi Ponce in Pacoima, Los Angeles, standing in front of a mural he painted of Cheech Marin. Photo by Jim Newberry.

Last weekend I shot portraits of artist Levi Ponce, in Pacoima, where he grew up and where you can find many murals he’s painted, like the one above depicting Cheech Marin. Check out more of his work here.

Westlake, Los Angeles

Woman, child, and baby walking in an alley off 8th St. in Los Angeles. Photo by Jim Newberry.

8th Street, near MacArthur Park, August 22, 2014.