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Brian’s Birthday

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I’m going to say this upfront, this blog post is supposed to be about Brian but it will mostly revolve around Tony.

Tony is one of my favorite people to photograph ever.  I don’t know what it is, but he loves the camera when it’s in my hands.  And I’ll never say no to someone who wants to be photographed.

Ang and I headed out to Ian’s place pretty early before everyone else got there.  It was a bunch of sitting around on the couch and everyone trading stories about how early they had to get up the next morning.

Ian’s been involved in the smirnoff ice craze known as “icing”.  It involves cleverly placing smirnoff ices around the house or somewhere good where the victim inadvertently finds themselves face to face with the bottle.  They must drink the entire thing on the spot and the only way to get out of it is to carry around a smirnoff ice on your person at all times.

“Hey Brian, can you turn off the lights?”

Tony comes crashing into the room and says,”I never understood why people wore union t-shirts around and were so proud to wear them. But here I am repping my shit.”

A few hours later we’re all talking about $13 tattoos and smoking cigarettes outside while the “men” shotgun beers.

We ran into Ismael on our way out.

This was actually two photographs that happened to fit together like this.  I didn’t plan this, honest!

It wasn’t hard to figure out who’s car this was in the parking lot.

Tony had told Angie that he drank at least two 5 hour energies prior to work each morning.  He gets up at 3:30Am, I guess I can’t blame im.

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August 23, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Show me your tattoos

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I found out that an old friend lives by Ian.  Frank gave me his number and I gave him a ring.  He was taking a bath and told me he’d call later. Later came and he called.

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August 21, 2011 at 3:40 pm

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Downtown Culture

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Out of boredom, I decided to head down to Downtown Long Beach to go check out what urban living has to offer.  (I live in the suburbs where someone walking down the street is rare.)

I love the feeling of bigger cities.  Everything crammed together and built up to make it all fit.  There’s so much going on at once.  It’s as if the whole city is one giant organism with the streets acting as veins and arteries pumping the lifeblood of people to and fro going about their business.  Kids walking home from school, people waiting for the bus, mexican families hanging out on the porch.  It’s all there and happening every second of every day.  It’s beautiful.

To be honest, I’ve kinda hit a slump in my photography. Maybe its a lack of interesting subject matter.  Maybe its my motivation heading south or that overwhelming feeling that my life is slowly going nowhere.   I think it’s a little mix of all three.

I have something in mind that I want do, I want to  follow/document bike culture in Long Beach.  And yes fixed gear road bikes and the people who ride them are all part of a giant phase/shift in youth culture, but it’s important for there to be visual documentation of things happening around us.  And if you’ve never riden a bike in traffic, you have no room to talk because it’s fun beyond belief and very liberating from sitting at traffic lights only to have the people in front of you take so long that you end up waiting for the same light twice.  On a bike you can just cruise on up to the front and get your bike on at the green light.  It’s great.

I’ve been trying to get in contact with a bike shop called “City Grounds” to see if they’d let me come in a take some photos of their staff, their shop and their riders if they’d let me.  I’ve got my fingers crossed and if they don’t write me back, I’m gonna head down there and start snapping away anyways.

Check out this dope ass cruiser that was parked out side of The Pike bar yesterday!!

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January 28, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Elliot the Cat

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A few months back Rob’s girlfriend Jamie took in a kitten from a friend just because no one else would.  A few days later, she offerred him to Angela but sadly, she couldn’t take him.  As the days go by and Elliot lives out his natural life cycle, he justs keeps getting bigger and bigger every time i see him.  He’s like one of those sponges that grow in water only the water glass is Rob’s house and Elliot isn’t a sponge.  On this particular day, he was catnapping on the armchair and was suddenly awakened by a huge flashing machine and a strange man crowding his personal space.

Camera geek Stuff: 1/2ooth, f/7.1  Hotshoe cord to flash handheld camera right Manual 1/16th with a 50° gridspot.

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January 24, 2011 at 9:06 pm