Sunday, February 7, 2016

OJ:American Crime Story

After watching the first episode of "The People vs O.J. Simpson:American Crime Story" on FX, I just had to go through my archives and look around. 
Here is an image I shot of O.J. leaving the courthouse in Santa Monica during his civil trial. The families of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman were awarded $25 million in punitive damages from O.J. 
He plead poverty and never paid the damages to the families.
The civil trial took place 32 months after the criminal trial. Shot this image on assignment for Vanity Fair Magazine. 1/28/1997

Photo by Ted Soqui © 1997

Monday, February 1, 2016

Blue Monday

Los Angeles with a snow capped Mt.Baldy after a fast moving Pacific storm. El Niño is here.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2016
Click image to see larger.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Mayor of the L.A. River

"Pepper," a homeless man who lives on the banks of the L.A. River. Met him relaxing under the 6th Street bridge which will be torn down this month and replaced with a new fancy version.
No plans or actions for building homes or real resources for the homeless are in our city's immediate plans near the bridge.
Most of L.A.'s homeless population live within a mile of the bridge site.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2016
The Mayor.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Bridge Kiss

Found this image in my archives.
A pair of cyclist share a kiss under L.A.'s iconic 6th Street Bridge which is scheduled to be torn down this month.
The city will replace the bridge with a newer more modern design.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2016
Last kiss.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Bridges of LA County

For those who will miss our 6th street bridge, we still have many other nice ones in the county of Los Angeles to adore.

Photos by Ted Soqui ©
Sun King 6th Street Bridge.

Broadway Bridge.

6th Street.

Former Red Car bridge over the river.

Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena.

Train bridge over the L.A. river.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

6th Street Bridge Set For Demolition

LA's iconic 6th street viaduct/bridge is now closed for public use.
Preparation for demolition work begins today. The bridge opened in 1932 and is now falling apart due to a form of "concrete cancer" which makes the bridge unstable. One of the bridges original steel loops may be preserved and kept next to the new bridge span.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2016
Last walk under the loops.

Under the bridge.



Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Former Nazi Camp Murphy Ranch to be Razed

Murphy Ranch hidden deep in the hills of Will Rogers State Park is set to be demolished.
The ranch was built by Nazi sympathizers right before WW2. It was a self contained ranch with it's own garden, water supply, and power plant. It was set to become the west coast headquarters for the 3rd Reich if Germany won the war.
After the war it served as an artist camp and hideaway for the counterculture. A fire in 1978 burned most of it to the ground. A few heavy cement building survived but are now slowly crumbling away. The ranch has turned in to a nuisance for local residents as it attracts taggers, rouge partiers and illegal filming.
Local rangers ticket hikers in the ranch area for trespassing because it's generally off limits to the public.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2016
Power house building.
The ranch gates.

An oak tree and the power house.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Hotel California

The Beverly Hills Hotel which was the art for the Eagles "Hotel California" album still looks amazing after all these years.
Got a nice sunset and a hawk atop the main flag pole this afternoon.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2016
For Glenn.

Porter Ranch, LA's Ghost Town

The Porter Ranch area of Los Angeles is now a ghost town.
Over 2500 residents have moved out due to a massive natural gas leak at the Southern California Aliso Canyon Storage Facility.
Another 1500 residents are poised to move out soon. The leaking natural gas is a health hazard.
An estimated 77 million kilograms of methane gas have been released in to the atmosphere so far from the leak at the Aliso Canyon Storage Facility.
Residents and their pets near the site have been dealing with foul odors and nosebleeds, headaches, nausea and other ailments.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2016
Next to the gas storage site.

Gas Company entrance.

Homes below the leaking site.

An empty park below the leak.

Reseda Blvd. looking north toward the leak.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Ventura Surf

High surf near the Ventura Pier.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2016
El Niño tosses a niño.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Big Bear Snow

A wooden bear carving covered with fresh El Niño snowfall in the Big Bear Valley.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2016
Big Bear.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Boss Angeles

Our city looking noir in the daytime.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2016
Looking good, even on a cloudy day.

Monday, January 11, 2016

David Bowie Tribute

Artist Jules Muck spray paints a tribute to David Bowie who died January 10, 2015. She just finished a tribute on the same wall to Lemmy Kilmister who died two weeks earlier.
The murals are in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles.

photo by Ted Soqui © 2016
Art and life.

Friday, December 25, 2015

LA Christmas View

A view of our city on Christmas Day.
Click on image to see LARGER.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas to All

...and to all a happy new year.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2000
LA circa 2000.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

My Year in Pictures 2015

Here's what I saw as we spun around the sun.

Video by Ted Soqui © 2015

Saturday, December 12, 2015

San Bernardino Memorial

A growing memorial of candles, flags, and flowers outside of the Inland Regional Center where 14 people were shot and killed last week.

Photo Ted Soqui © 2015

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Arlington West

Last Sunday afternoon in Santa Monica at the Arlington West Memorial.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2015

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Vasquez Canyon Landslide

A landslide on Vasquez Canyon Road in Santa Clarita, CA is still moving. The area was soaked by heavy rains last month which have now caused a small hill to begin to move on to the roadway.
El niño rains are expected to bring more heavy rains soon to Southern California. Should be an interesting winter ahead.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2015
A road not taken.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

11 Most Exclusive and Expensive Cars at the 2015 LA Auto Show

Here's is my list the most exclusive and expensive cars at this year's Los Angeles Auto Show. So 1%'ers looking for some new wheels, here are my recommendations from this year's show.

1.Porsche 911 Targa 4S in white. $179,255 USD. 3.0 litre engine with two turbos making 420hp.
Seven speeds that will get you up to 187 mph.

911 Targa 4S

2. 2017 Acura NSX. No price yet but will be around $150K USD. 573 HP with three electric motors. Only 800 will be made.
NSX in excess.

 3. Dodge Viper ACR. $118,795 USD with a V-10 engine that produces 645 hp.
Viper ACR.

 4. Aston Martin DB10. Only 10 were made for the new James Bond film "Spectre." 8 were destroyed during the film. This car is NOT for sale. Accessories are not listed.
Top secret.

 5. 2016 Aston Marin DB9. This car is for sale. Only 150 will be made. They are available for $242K USD. You get an Omega James Bond watch with the car and it comes in Spectre silver.
DB9, not top secret.

 6. 2016 Chevrolet Corvette CTR Z06 Special Edition. 650 V8 motor that produces 650hp. Carbon fiber body and only 650 will be produced.
You don't have to get this color.
7. 2017 Alpha Romeo Guila Quadrafiligio (4 Leaf Clover). This $70K Italian super car comes with a V6 engine that produces 505hp.
Good luck car.

017 Maserati Gran Turismo Centennial Edition. The V8 engine makes 454hp and feature Zenya silk seats and a carbon fiber hood. They are also hand made in Italy.

 9.MercedesAMG S63 coupe. This $234K USD car features a 47 Swavaroski crystal day light running lights and radar. Too many accessories to list.
Serious options from Mercedes.

10.F-Type Jaguar $66K with a 550 V8 Engine                                                                                                                         

Jaguar F-Type.
11.BMW 2016 M4 GTS Coupe. $134K USA with 3.0 strait 6 motor with two turbos that produce 493hp. There is also a built in roll cage and carbon hood, roof, and rear deck. Only 300 will be produced.                                                                                                                                        
Carbon heaven.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Candle Light Vigil at LA City Hall

A candle light vigil was held at LA City Hall to remember the victims of the 11/13 paris terror attacks. LA stood united with Paris as a sister against the brutal attacks. Many expatriots form France attended the vigil.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2015
A french woman with a new peace symbol Eiffel Tower tattoo.

LA City Hall lit up with the tri-colors of France.

LA united.

A young American boy who has French parents at the vigil.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Petersen Automotive Museum

The newly remodeled Petersen Automotive Museum @ Fairfax Ave and Wilshire Blvd. is lit up at night in the national tri-colors of France.
It is an amazing building to see day or evening.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2015
Vive La France!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Candle Light Vigil for Nohemi

Students, faculty, and friends of Cal State Long Beach student Nohemi Gonzalez burn candles to remember her life.
Nohemi was killed in the 11/13 Paris terror attacks.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2015
For a bright life.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Westwood Noir

Looking up Westwood Blvd. from Pico at night.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2015
LA noir.