Needed an afternoon pick me up yesterday so took a walk to get a dirty chai. I picked a spot my wife recommended about a mile from the studio so I could log some time on the streets. Bold, graphic elements are what presented. Take some time this Labor Day weekend to explore what’s around you. Immerse yourself, be present. But most of all enjoy the 3 day holiday!
Like many large American cities over the last couple of decades San Diego’s downtown has seen a resurgence and revitalization. Most areas of downtown are now safe and “happening”. This was not always the case. Prior to the Padres building and relocating to PetCo Park the area was blighted and dangerous. That, along with many other revitalization projects has transformed downtown SD into a destination for tourists and locals alike. People actually live downtown now. There are numerous hi rise condos - a new concept for San Diego where sprawl has always been the name of the game . Downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter is considered the Heart of San Diego. It’s teaming with restaurants, bars, clubs - hard not to be entertained. It’s a happening destination. The Gaslamp is often compared to New Orleans’ French Quarter. I’ve lived in both cities. The Gaslamp is no French Quarter. It doesn’t embrace it’s history the way they do in Louisiana. For that matter, it doesn’t have the history that the French Quarter does. But what little historical significance it has is whitewashed, as you often find in historic areas of California. There’s still enough happening downtown and in the Gaslamp to make it interesting and weird. Great place to explore with a camera, especially as the sun is going down.
More walking. More street photography. Stumbled on a bit of a transportation theme today.
How do you get around in the gig economy? E-bike? Scooter? Trolley? Or the quintessential Southern California ride, a Skateboard? Me? I’ve been walking. Slowing things down. Taking some time to observe what’s around me. What I’m seeing is a lot of people on the move. Moving fast. Lots of motion in all directions.
Ocean Beach, a small beach community in San Diego, CA is one of those unique beach communities in Southern California. Sadly, like so many other funky hideaways, it’s slowly being gentrified, with OBceans kicking and screaming the whole way. But when the sun goes down there’s still a a whole lotta flavor.
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!
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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....