I’ve been walking a lot lately. I’m walking places I’d normally drive. I know, nobody walks anywhere in Southern California. I get the weird looks and double takes when people ask me how I got there and I say I walked. But it’s summer in Southern California The weather’s great and I’ve got a creative itch. I carry a camera. I’m looking to get back in touch with my roots. Every couple of years I need to scratch this itch. Back in school I carried a camera with me everywhere. I fancied myself quite the street photographer. I was inspired by the greats; Cartier-Brasson, William Klien, Walker Evans, and all the rest. So when I want a jolt of inspiration, I get back to my roots, I get back to the streets.
On March 25th 2018, over 200K people gathered in Washington DC in support of March For Our Lives: the youth movement challenging politicians and the electorate to action. Action to change gun laws in the United States. Below are a few of the faces from that march.
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.
2:41 EST - American University, Washington DC
My new favorite phrase to enter the American lexicon: "path of totality", to be worn as a badge of honor; as in, I will be / was in the "path of totality".
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!
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
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
Support your Sisters, NOT your Cisters and their Misters
A Woman’s Place is in the Rebellion
We will not mourn. We will 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
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!
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
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!?
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....
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!!
The DJ Trump circus rolled through town last Friday. Madness ensued.....
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
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.
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.