Wednesday, April 16, 2014

LA Weekly

Have this week's cover image of the LA Weekly.
The story, "Gimme Shelter," is written by the amazing Gendy Alimurung.

Photo by Ted Soqui/LAWeekly © 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Street Music

The hands and Guild guitar of musician Peter Demian on the Venice Beach boardwalk. You can see Peter play daily in front of the Sidewalk cafe on the boardwalk.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2014
Hands of time.

Blood Moon Over L.A.

The first of four "Blood Moons" that will be spread out over 6 month intervals, appeared over Los Angeles this evening.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2014
Red Moon, Spica, and Mars.

The Moon and Spica.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Venice Beach Character

Photographed this guy at the Venice Beach drum circle last Sunday. He was definitely marching to the beat of his own drummer.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2014
Sunset orange.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Shooting at LAPD West Traffic Division Building.

A Los Angeles Police Department officer was shot in the lobby of the West Traffic Division, which shares a building at the LAPD's Wilshire Station, and the suspect was also wounded.
The desk officer who was shot seven times and is expected to make a full recovery. The suspect was shot four times and is in critical condition at a local area hospital undergoing surgery.
The shooting was the second at the station in 11 months.
Two detectives were shot and slightly wounded in a ambush outside the station on June 25.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2014
LAPD officers in front of West Traffic Division's door.

LAPD officers in front of West Traffic Division's door.

Venice Blvd. shut down.

Venice Blvd. shut down.

LAPD officer with binoculars atop the West Traffic Building.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Omega Man on Wilshire Blvd.

Went out for a quick spin on my bicycle before the official opening of CicLAvia on Wilshire Blvd. Didn't see one soul for miles in the early morning hours, felt just like "The Omega Man."
It was actually really awesome to have the Blvd. all to myself for a bit.
Later in the day it was a bicycle traffic jamzilla from Fairfax to Grand.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2014
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

LA Blue

A wonderful blue and cloudy day in Los Angeles.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2014
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Monday, March 31, 2014

LA Cars

An awesome Chrysler Town & Country convertible, with TURBO and EFI.
Love the painted hub caps and simulated wood paneling.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2014

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Memorial Service For LAPD Officer Nicholas Lee

Memorial services for LAPD Officer Nicholas Choung Lee were held today at the Our Lady Queen of Angels Cathedral in downtown Los Angeles. Office Lee, who joined the force back in 1998, was killed in a traffic collision last Friday March 7, 2014.
Thousands of law enforcement officers from all over California and members of the public came out to honor officer Lee as he was laid to rest at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2014

California law enforcement.

The Lee family

LAPD motorcycle officers.

Monday, March 10, 2014

March Meet 2014

Crawling through the Top Fuel Wormhole, with apologies to my friend Cole Coonce.
Images form this year's March Meet held at the Auto Club Famoso Raceway.
Floppers, Fuelers, Nitro Altereds, and so much more all weekend long.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2014
"Smokey's Darkside"

"Pure Hell" Nitro Altered.

"Fighting Irish"

Fueler burnout.

Rubbin' is rancin'.

Finish line.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Leonard Knight RIP

Folk artist Leonard Knight, age 82, has died.

Knight's folk art and religious creation, called "Salvation Mountain," in the desert of Niland, CA. near the Salton Sea. 
Leonard Knight created the mountain in 1984 by stacking junk and local debris, then covering it with cement and thick paint. Knight now uses a hay adobe and covers it with household paint. The mountain now reaches 50 foot high by 150' wide. 
Salvation Mountain is dedicated to Knight's love for Jesus and God. Many Christian and religious passages can be seen written on and inside the mountain.

Click for here the LA Weekly slideshow about Salvation Mountain.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2014
Leonard Knight, artist.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Route 66

Spent this weekend shooting the "Mother Road," route 66 near the Barstow, CA area.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2014
Route 66 in Barstow.

Andrea Pruett, owner of the Bagdad Cafe.

Cadillac hood ornament.

Old tire in the desert near Barstow.

Roy's Cafe in Amboy.

Western grave site.
Old abandoned truck.

Wagon wheel and Nash Metro in Barstow.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Marlboro Man Dead (Updated)

A former Marlboro man, Eric Lawson 72 years old, died of respiratory failure due to COPD brought on by cigarette smoking.
Lawson in one of several Marlboro men who have died from smoking related disease.
He became an anti-smoking crusader and continued smoking until he was diagnosed with COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Lawson began smoking at the age of 14.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2000
Marlboro man billboard skeleton. Circa 2000.
Marlboro man on Sunset Blvd. Circa 2000.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

LAPD Harley vs. Beemer

Was on assignment earlier today and saw these two LAPD motor officers. I asked which bike was better, the Harley or the Beemer? Opened up a can of worms. The Harley rider loves his bike. He told me it was super comfortable to ride and operate. He also told me it made a much cooler sound than the Beemer, and is made in the USA. The Beemer officer liked his bike better because of the superior performance. The Harley comes with air-horns, appearantly the Beemer's electronic horn isn't that loud. The Harley rider laughed how long it takes the Beemer rider to get someone to pull over.
Either way, the LAPD has decided to phase out the Harley's. So keep your ears open for the Beemers.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2014
LAPD's finest.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Ice Cube is a "Good Day" (Updated)

Rapper and moviestar "Ice Cube" had his name and song title put on the Good Year blimp today.
In the song, "Good Day," Ice said "it was a good day, even saw my name on the Good Year Blimp."
The blimp flew around LA all day broadcasting the message "Ice Cube says it's a good day."
Cube, and his fans raised 25,000 dollars to benefit "A Place Called Home."
Today is also the unofficial 20 year anniversary of the song, "Good Day."
The LA Weekly slideshow.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2014
Cube and the Good Year blimp.

Hangin' with some homies.

Cube sitting it the captain's chair. 
Today was a good day.
Good Year blimp "Spirit of America."

Part of the message.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Happy Birthday Rev. Dr. King

This is the spot on the Lincoln Memorial steps in Washington, DC where the Rev. Dr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream Speech" 51 years ago.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2014
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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Northridge Quake Final

Found this last image from the Northridge quake of '94. Was looking for quake damage photos in Hollywood and came across a giant mural, Legends of Hollywood, that slid off the wall and on to the sidewalk. The face of Hollywood star Bette Davis was almost intact, it was missing an eye due to a homeless youth trying to remove it from the plaster. He told me he wanted "Bette Davis Eyes." The youth removed the eye and quickly dropped it. He started to remove the other eye, but I made him stop so I could take the image of her face.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 1994
Bette Davis eye.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Photo L.A. Gala and Opening

The 23rd annual international Los Angeles Photographic Art Exposition held it's opening and gala at the L.A. Mart this evening. Hundreds were in attendance to see some amazing photograph from the area's finest galleries.
Photo L.A. will run from this Friday through Sunday and tickets are still available from their site

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2014
Richard Kraft's 100 Walkers, Charlie James Gallery.

The amazing Alex Fierro, Robert Berman Gallery.

The evening's entertainment.

Photo by Byran Bankston.

Douglas Kirkland getting much love.

Marisa Sarto, Photo L.A. staff.

Photo L.A.