The Streets of DC

I’ve been in DC a couple of times this year.  I love the city.  There’s an intensity there.  The politics, obviously. The young go-getters. The hustle. Even the weather.  But there’s also a calm serenity grounded in the throngs of tourists who slow the pace to their own agenda. Set to a backdrop of intense security, these groups commingle and collide daily among our national treasures.  

Torso - The National Gallery
Standing Guard at the National Gallery
Moving Walkway
The Metro
Zoo
Washington Monument
The National Mall
The White House
Flowers & Roses

The signs of the Women's March

Some of the signs from the Women's March in San Diego, CA.

San Diego Women's March 2017  

Stay Nasty San Diego

Without Immigrants Trump would have No Wives

Putin-Trump - Not My President

I won’t Sit down, Shut up, or Behave

Because I Love God, I Dissent

Hear Our Voice

I am here for the Women of Juarez for the women of Iran, Iraq, India Women of Tibet, Chipas & Guatemala, Women in the world that have been killed pursuing their human right.  Give us respect. Treat us with dignity.  Ni una mas!

Rise Up

Dear World: We are so sorry!  Sincerely, 65.8M Americans

NO: Racism. Xenophobia. Sexism. Homophobia.

I got a bad feeling about this

Trump is mean

Proud American Woman

Paint the future in vivid color

Real men respect women

Unpresidented Putin Puppet

Love is the Answer

We the people defend dignity

Shine On!

Pussy Grabs Back

Women’s Rights are NOT up for grabs

Stop the Bullying Scapegoating and Denial of Facts

Keep your tiny hands off my Health Care

Peace Begins with Me

Rage Against the Patriarch

We Can Do It - Women Power

Resist - Say NO to misogyny & discrimination - Let your Voice be Heard

I’m with Her

Putin’s Apprentice

Support your Sisters, NOT your Cisters and their Misters

A Woman’s Place is in the Rebellion

We will not mourn. We will Organize

Organize

I went to Planned Parenthood and all I got was:  A breast exam, physical exam, STD testing and treatment, information and counseling about my sexual and reproductive health, cancer screenings, a pregnancy test, prenatal services, and access to affordable birth control.

Hate does not make America Great!

Keep your rosaries out of my ovaries

Impeach Trump

Make America Think Again

Our Bodies Our Minds Our Power

Not this Pussy!

Trump Loves Nickleback

Maybe some day my uterus will have as many rights as your GUN

We Speak - The Environment

President Trump…What a joke!

Keep your tiny hands off my Obamacare

Love Trumps Hate

Dear Trump, U-Ugly

Here’s to strong women - May we know them, raise them, Be them!

Russian Puppet

Pro-Choice - The hardest decision a woman can make is not yours

Women’s Rights = Human Rights #NotMyPresident

Roe v. Wade Must Stand

Women for Climate Justice

Fight Like a Girl

What is it with old men & Women’s Reproductive Rights

Free Melania

A Woman’s place is in the House and the Senate and the White House!

= ? Y not!

Our Bodies. Our Minds. Our Power.

“I raise my voice not so I can shout but so that those without a voice can be heard” - Malala Yousafzai

We Are Still Here

I Stand with Planned Parenthood

This is the Wall

This isn’t Normal!  Respect your sisters mothers wives aunts - Health Care Matters

Give a Damn.

Stop the War on Women

I don’t like to protest but… WTF?

We the People are greater than fear

Class of 2018 to the rescue!

I cannot believe I still need to protest this shit.

Break the Chains. - Feminist Comic Book Club

Trump Pay Your Taxes

Rights. Access. Visibility. Protection. Pay. Power.

Keep your laws off my body

What the F*** just happened!?

Back to my Roots :: Street Photography, NYC

When I was in school and early in my career I fancied myself quite the street photographer.  My heroes were Henri Cartier-Bresson, William Klein, Robert Frank and Walker Evans among many others.  Earlier this week I found myself in New York City.  So I spent a few days wandering the streets, getting in touch with my roots....  

 Liquor Store, West Broadway

Liquor Store, West Broadway

 Along the High Line

Along the High Line

 Silver

Silver

 Ped Bridge, Holland Tunnel

Ped Bridge, Holland Tunnel

 Train Station, Long Island Rail Road, MTA

Train Station, Long Island Rail Road, MTA

 Motorized Bike, Midtown

Motorized Bike, Midtown

 Street Scene I

Street Scene I

 Jesus Christ Loves You

Jesus Christ Loves You

 Psychic Visions

Psychic Visions

 Street Scene II

Street Scene II

 In n Out in NYC

In n Out in NYC

  Sheriff Woody Pride

Sheriff Woody Pride

 Selfie Times Square

Selfie Times Square

 Minus

Minus

 Greenies

Greenies

Stickball in Little Italy, San Diego

Ever since I moved my studio to Little Italy I've heard about the Stickball tournament on India Street. And every year it seemed like I missed it.  In fact I couldn't have told you when the tournament actually took place.  All I knew was it was one of those events I wanted to check out.  Well this Memorial Day my son tells me he's playing in a stickball tournament in Little Italy.  "The" stickball tournament in Little Italy I replied?  He didn't know... but he did let me know I should check it out.  Well it turns out this is not "The" tournament, that one is on Labor Day weekend and attracts teams from both San Diego and the East Coast.  It is, however, the same organizers and most of the same guys, but just local teams.  The games and tournament were as cool as I expected - a bunch of guys hitting a racquetball with a broomstick on a city street.  What's not to love.  And it's been a long time since I've seen a guy dive head first on asphalt to score a run! Can't wait til Labor Day!!

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Instagram Takeover at Wonderful Machine


I had the pleasure of taking over the Wonderful Machine Instagram account for 3 days last week.  I used the opportunity to feature some of my favorite and lesser known San Diego landmarks.  I ended up posting about 36 images. Below are several of my favorites.  To check out all the images visit the Wonderful Machine Instagram stream. To explore futher follow me on Instagram - @feriiiphoto

 The southwestern most point in the continental United States. The western end of the US Mexico border fence. Great surf that day, BTW...

The southwestern most point in the continental United States. The western end of the US Mexico border fence. Great surf that day, BTW...

 Chicano Park under the iconic Coronado Bay Bridge is one of my favorite under appreciated San Diego locales. This year the city officially recognized it as a skate park too.

Chicano Park under the iconic Coronado Bay Bridge is one of my favorite under appreciated San Diego locales. This year the city officially recognized it as a skate park too.

 Workers prep for the impending Apocalypse - adding mulch to the cliffs at Swami's to reduce erosion. SoCal is in a state of panic as we prepare for the potential of the greatest El Niño in the history of history this winter.

Workers prep for the impending Apocalypse - adding mulch to the cliffs at Swami's to reduce erosion. SoCal is in a state of panic as we prepare for the potential of the greatest El Niño in the history of history this winter.

 Sitting along the coast at the Northern most point of San Diego County just before the sprawl of The OC is the recently decommissioned San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant. Current negotiations center on who should pay for the shut down and where the spent fuel rods should be stored. It's an icon on the I-5 drive between San Diego and LA.

Sitting along the coast at the Northern most point of San Diego County just before the sprawl of The OC is the recently decommissioned San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant. Current negotiations center on who should pay for the shut down and where the spent fuel rods should be stored. It's an icon on the I-5 drive between San Diego and LA.

 Progress, always progress. In all my years in San Diego construction cranes have always been a fixture of the downtown skyline. The only exception to that was the first few years of the "Great Recession". All those cranes seemed to disappear one night in early 2009. But as the economy has come roaring back, so has the progress….

Progress, always progress. In all my years in San Diego construction cranes have always been a fixture of the downtown skyline. The only exception to that was the first few years of the "Great Recession". All those cranes seemed to disappear one night in early 2009. But as the economy has come roaring back, so has the progress….

 Suburbia

Suburbia

 Desert Bound - Hwy 78

Desert Bound - Hwy 78

 The Mt Soledad cross sits atop the highest point in the posh San Diego neighborhood of La Jolla. The cross itself has undergone 2 "resurrections" and most recently a restoration. There have been 3 different crosses on the location since the original was built I 1909. The current cross is embroiled in constant litigation as it sits on federal land, formerly city owned. Opponents argue for its removal based on the separation of Church and State. A Korean War Memorial was built directly under the cross as a way of appeasement. But numerous courts have ruled for its removal. At last check, the cross still stands…

The Mt Soledad cross sits atop the highest point in the posh San Diego neighborhood of La Jolla. The cross itself has undergone 2 "resurrections" and most recently a restoration. There have been 3 different crosses on the location since the original was built I 1909. The current cross is embroiled in constant litigation as it sits on federal land, formerly city owned. Opponents argue for its removal based on the separation of Church and State. A Korean War Memorial was built directly under the cross as a way of appeasement. But numerous courts have ruled for its removal. At last check, the cross still stands…

 The quintessential late night drive-thru fast food in San Diego is Roberto's or one of his "cousin's" joints. First opened in 1964 in San Ysidro  Roberto's is a culinary icon in SD. Too many imitators to name have spun off all ending in `bertos. Albertos, Alibertos, Filibertos, Aibertos, Gualbertos, Jilbertos, Hilbertos, Adalbertos, Roybertos, Rambertos, Hambertos, Humbertos, Rubertos, and Rolbertos, and my personal fav, Juan Bertos. Open 24 hours - who amongst us hasn't made the late night stop (read drunken) for a wet bean and cheese burrito or 5 rolled tacos w guacamole at least once. This Robertos is in OB, my favorite little beach community.

The quintessential late night drive-thru fast food in San Diego is Roberto's or one of his "cousin's" joints. First opened in 1964 in San Ysidro  Roberto's is a culinary icon in SD. Too many imitators to name have spun off all ending in `bertos. Albertos, Alibertos, Filibertos, Aibertos, Gualbertos, Jilbertos, Hilbertos, Adalbertos, Roybertos, Rambertos, Hambertos, Humbertos, Rubertos, and Rolbertos, and my personal fav, Juan Bertos. Open 24 hours - who amongst us hasn't made the late night stop (read drunken) for a wet bean and cheese burrito or 5 rolled tacos w guacamole at least once. This Robertos is in OB, my favorite little beach community.

Screening Day / Filmmaker Award Show

Saturday afternoon was the first screening of Gone Doggy Gone in San Diego.  The turnout was light, but the crowd was warm and enthusiastic.  Cinematographer Garrett O'Brien, Shaina Vorspan (who played Jill), Edward Winters (who played Devon), all joined Kasi and Brandon (and of course Laila) at the screening. The film looked great - sound was fantastic. I had only previewed it on my IPad so it was great to see it with a live audience on the big screen.  Nothing beats the experience of watching a movie in a theater.  It was nice to see it a second time in it's entirety.  I picked up on a number of things I hadn't notice the first go around.  I was starting to feel like an insider....Kate Conner (who played Kat) joined them after the screening.  She was planning to be at the Q&A after the film, but Los Angeles to San Diego traffic is brutal on Saturdays.  After a little down time in the VIP lounge and a quick dinner it was off to the Filmmakers Awards Show at the US Grant Hotel.  The event is typical with various honors and awards to the best films of the festival.  The US Grant's basement ballroom and the scripted format made for a much better show than in years past.  There was a nice rhythm to the night that had been missing poolside at the Palomar.  Even so, it was a big disappointment for the Gone Doggy Gone group. They were not included in any of the awards or recognitions. I think that ultimately surprised them.  I'm sure the fact that they had a photographer following them around for 3 days had set them up for something big.  I regret I may have contributed to their higher expectations.  I too was disappointment they didn't win, but not surprised.  I loved the film and thought it deserved recognition, but there were other filmmakers that seemed to be the darlings of the show.  Still, Kasi and Brandon made a number of connections while they were at the festival.  And they made a fantastic feature comedy, which is no small task. 

 The Star

The Star

 Edward (Devon) and his fiancee in the Gaslamp

Edward (Devon) and his fiancee in the Gaslamp

 Cast & Crew hanging out in the Gaslamp Quarter

Cast & Crew hanging out in the Gaslamp Quarter

 Laila making friends

Laila making friends

 Photo Op - Kasi and Brandon and their biggest fan

Photo Op - Kasi and Brandon and their biggest fan

 Movie Poster - Gone Doggy Gone

Movie Poster - Gone Doggy Gone

 Kasi and Brandon beginning the Q & A after the screening

Kasi and Brandon beginning the Q & A after the screening

 Cast & crew Q & A (L-R) Edward Winters, Kasi Brown, Brandon Walter, Garrett O'Brien, Shaina Vorspan and the moderator

Cast & crew Q & A (L-R) Edward Winters, Kasi Brown, Brandon Walter, Garrett O'Brien, Shaina Vorspan and the moderator

 Brandon hikes to the VIP Lounge

Brandon hikes to the VIP Lounge

 Post Screening in the VIP lounge

Post Screening in the VIP lounge

 Cast & Crew strolling down 5th Avenue under the Reading Theater marquee

Cast & Crew strolling down 5th Avenue under the Reading Theater marquee

 Shaina and the gang at the Filmmakers Awards

Shaina and the gang at the Filmmakers Awards

 Tired feet

Tired feet

 Taking it all in at the Filmmakers Award Show

Taking it all in at the Filmmakers Award Show

 A Toast....

A Toast....

Gone Doggy Gone / Friday at the San Diego Film Festival

Friday was pretty chill.  Lots of down time. Brandon and Kasi dealt with the nagging issue of syncing up their movie with the theater's projection system.   They had been less than successful getting that done on Thursday. They finally got with the projectionist at the Reading and were able to sort it out.  It was also party night!  Almost Famous party at the Tin Roof - mostly drinking, schmoozing, and playing life size Jenga....sorry, Tumbling Towers

 Missing Dog Posters

Missing Dog Posters

 Meeting development exec Mark Cartier

Meeting development exec Mark Cartier

 Something about a plane.....

Something about a plane.....

 Final transfer of the film to the theater

Final transfer of the film to the theater

 Brandon,  Edward Winters  and his fiance gather in the lobby of the Palomar

Brandon, Edward Winters and his fiance gather in the lobby of the Palomar

 On our way to the Almost Famous Party

On our way to the Almost Famous Party

 Strutting under the marquee lights of the Reading Gaslamp

Strutting under the marquee lights of the Reading Gaslamp

 Dos Corona

Dos Corona

 Kasi choosing carefully

Kasi choosing carefully

 I Heart Boobies!

I Heart Boobies!

 Kasi with the final pull.  Kasi and Brandon were honestly 2 of the best Jenga (tumbling towers) players I've ever seen!

Kasi with the final pull.  Kasi and Brandon were honestly 2 of the best Jenga (tumbling towers) players I've ever seen!

Street Food Market

San Diego Public Market held a fundraiser Sunday - Street Food Market.  The Public Market is a great addition to a wonderful old San Diego neighborhood - Barrio Logan.  The Street Food Market was a fundraiser to help support the market, scheduled to open this summer.  The event was great with amazing food (seems raw is in) and festivities.  Live music, dancers, street performers, giant puppets, and farm animals all entertained the large crowd.  Can't wait to see how San Diego's Public Market comes together.