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.
Aisha, July 7th, 2014, Highland Park, L.A. I love shooting night exterior portraits.
For a new project I’ve been photographing members and friends of the Black Surfers Collective. Here are the latest pictures, shot a couple days ago at El Porto Beach, of the effervescently charismatic Mimi “Surfnista” Miller .
Tomorrow, Saturday June 14th, the BSC is celebrating Nick Gabaldon Day at “The Inkwell” (beach at Bay St.) in Santa Monica. Gabaldon was one of the first surfers of color in California. Events included free surf lessons, screening of the Gabaldon documentary 12 Miles North, and a visit from L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. More info about the event here.
A couple nights ago, on Colorado Boulevard in Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, I photographed drummer John Herndon for my improv musician series. John is a fellow ex-Chicagoan who I’ve shot many times over the years, in different bands including Tortoise, Isotope 217, and Five Style. (OK, so maybe it’s an IFO.)
And below is a portrait I shot in 2003 for a Peter Margasak article in the Reader (I used a 3D camera for some of the shots during that session).