I love the tension in this image.
Three boys. Their gait, the shoes, their fresh new boards. The leopard high tops, the DRINK PISS deck. They're trying pretty hard.
The weather was cool, the city was clean, and their parents certainly had no idea where they were. They. Were. GIANTS - the people facing them are dwarfed by their size. And, while we glimpse a slender form slipping through a narrow space between imposing forces, another person is caught behind a barricade of bodies and boards. I feel the constant crashing of humanity that echoed through the neighborhood in this image. I followed them for blocks in pursuit of this capture.
For the record, they were kind and very excited to be in the middle of it all. They asked me to take their picture. They posed. It was sweet.
I’m a Street Photographer from DTLA who believes that capturing truth requires the absence of me.
I’ve slept, worked, and lived in the streets of DTLA all my life.
Most recently, I lived in the center of the city, at 7th and Spring, and shot every single day for 8 years.
I shoot with at 23mm fixed lens, so I have to get close to my subjects. I’m not a sniper. I believe that if I can’t get close enough to catch the shot, I don’t deserve it.
My work is candid. My shots are unposed. My goal is to simply be present and distinctly attentive to the moments swirling around me with the single intention to capture any of an unfathomable amount of impossible alignments that go unseen every day.
To pull from my Genesis: We are stars. Expelled & dying flashes of light. Some named, held in awe. Some ignored, most unseen. An eternal cycle of peerless moments; the ephemeral beauty of simply being, burning, and dying before each other’s eyes.
Many of us go through life questioning our value. I hope that my work captures the fact that you are immense, powerful, and perfect every moment you are alive.
Thank you for being here.
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