Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Venice Beach Freakshow

Visited the Venice Beach Freakshow on assignment for this weeks Argonaut newspaper.
Met some very interesting and wonderful people, and saw some amazing displays of oddity.
Highly recommend visiting the show. You can also watch their show on Netflix.
They are located on the Venice Boardwalk.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2104
Jessa the Bearded Lady.

Larry the Wolf boy.

Sunshine eating fire.

Morgue with a hook in his face.

Two-headed goat.

Venice Beach Freakshow cast.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Protester Revisited

It was almost three years to the day that I took a photo of a Occupy LA protester that changed both of our lives so quickly.
The photo of the protester, Sarah, was taken in front of the Bank of America building in downtown Los Angeles on 11 17, 2011 mid afternoon. She along with a couple hundred of Occupy LA protesters were locked arm-in-arm in a human chain around the bank building. Sarah and several others were arrested that day by the LAPD.
Three years later I find myself walking down the same street, Hope Street (ironically named?), almost the same time of day and date, covering another giant protest against Bank of America.
As I walk past the site were I took Sarah's photo, there are three stern looking security guards blocking access to the bank grounds with steel barrier fences.
I can look through them and imagine that day three years ago when Sarah and her fellow occupiers stood their ground against the financial giant.
So much has changed, and so much has stayed the same.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2011 and 2014
Three years later.

Three years ago.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Tonight's Crescent Moon

The moon over our fine city this evening.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2014
Crescent about the Angels.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

LAPD Cowboys

The mounted officers of LAPD's Pacific Division on patrol at the walk-streets of Venice.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2014
Waiting for the sunset.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Venice Beach Sunset

Another great sunset at the jetty on Venice Beach.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2014
Venice Beach mermaid.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Black Hole Sun Over LA

A partial eclipse over Los Angeles today.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014

#Skidrobot Graffiti Art

LA graffiti artist #Skidrobot has been painting his new artwork all over Los Angeles and NYC.
The controversial work has definitely called new attention to homelessness in America.
You can probably follow him on social media or something like that, but I recommend seeing his work in person.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2014
Under the bridge.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Larchmont Farmers Market Fall Season

Lovely persimmons are now in season and available at the Larchmont Farmer's Market.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2014
The color and flavor of fall.

Friday, October 10, 2014

President Obama Signs National Monument Declaration

President Obama signed a declaration in to law marking most of the lovely San Gabriel Mountains as a National Monument.
More people visit the San Gabriel Mountain Range than Mt. Rushmore.
The San Gabriel range is about 360,000 acres large and will be our nation's 110th National Monument.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2014
President Obama speaks about the San Gabriel Range.

Secret Service detail.

Police snipers.

The running man.

Presidential power of the pen.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

President Obama to Declare San Gabriels National Monument

President Obama will dedicate the San Gabriel Mountains a National Monument in a ceremony at the park this Friday. The 360,000 acre mountain area will be our nation's 110th National Monument, which are smaller than National Parks.
This will be one of the most beautiful and striking National Monuments.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2013
Mt. Baldy getting some r-e-s-p-e-c-t. (click image to see larger)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

A Blood Moon Over Los Angeles

A full lunar eclipse in the early morning hours over the city of Los Angeles.
An orange shadow was cast on to the moon from the Earth's atmosphere during the eclipse.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2014
In full umbra. Click to see larger

Moon with stars. Click to see larger.

A blood moon with cosmos. Click to see larger.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

CalFire Plane Downed

A CalFire Grunman S-2T Type III airtanker went down today fighting the 130 acre Dog Rock fire in Yosemite's back country.
No word yet if the lone pilot survived the wreck. The CalFire firefighting pilots are the best of the best. They often fly so close to the terrain to drop their retardants, you can see them inside the cockpit. They are among the bravest pilots I have witnessed, and fly in the most treacherous of conditions equal to any wartime pilot.
The Grunman can accurately drop 1200 gallons of retardant on a wild fire, and are often the first defense called in.
This image was shot at the Colby fire in Glendora last January 16, 2014.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2014
CalFire S-2T Airtanker.

Monday, October 6, 2014

CicLAvia in East Los

Did the CicLAvia ride yesterday.
Was way too warm out there, but had roll down some of LA's best streets.
Homeboy industries food truck was at Mariachi Square, their food and service was amazing.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2014
Keepin' it real on the East Side.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Venice Beach Sunset

Sunset and twilight at Venice Beach.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2014
A sandpiper having dinner.

Life guard tower #19.

LAPD Air Support.

A dog chasing waves on the beach.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Queen Mary Turns 80

The grand ship, the Queen Mary, turned 80 years old today.
A giant 15 foot long 600 pound ship cake was made in her honour.
The ship was open to the public fee free all day for the festivities.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2014
Her Majesty.

Her Majesty.

The helm.

600 pounds of cake.

The Satin Dollz entertain the crowd.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Go Blue

Congratulations to the NL West Division Champs, the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2014
Go Blue!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Phil Spector Then and Now

Here are Phil Spector's latest mugshot just released by the California Department of Corrections.
He is serving a life sentence in prison for the murder of Lana Clarkson back in 2003.
The other two images were shot during his trial back in 2007. Seems so long ago.

Photos by CDOC and Ted Soqui © 2007
Latest images of Phil in custody. Photos by CDOC.

Phil Spector arriving to court  8/10/2007

Phil leaving court after a mistrial was declared. 9/27/2007

Gordo the Dog

Gordo the dog was released from the City of Angels Veterinary Hospital yesterday. Gordo was hit and run over by a van during a high-speed police chase in South Los Angeles. He underwent emergency surgery to save his hind legs that were nearly severed by the rims of the van.
The vets did a great job and saved young Gordo, who can now gingerly walk.
The driver of the van that hit Gordo was charged with felony evading, vehicle theft, driving recklessly, and felony hit-and-run for running over Gordo.
Gordo's plight became national news and people all over the county donated money to saving him. The money that wasn't used for the surgery will either be returned or donated to the Culver City Police K-9 unit.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2014

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Sand Boat @ Marina del Rey

A stranded boat on the beach at Marina del Rey.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2014
Sand boat.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Stanley Cup Visits LAFD Station 59

Lord Stanley's Cup paid a visit to LAFD station 59 in Century City this afternoon.
Firefighters and their families had the opportunity to take their photo with the cup, which was last won by the 2014 Los Angeles Kings.
Several lucky firefighters got to try on a 2014 LA Kings Championship ring which was made by Tiffanys.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2014
Happy baby.

LA Kings 2104 Championship ring.

Names on the Holy Grail.

Loving the cup.

LAFD Station 59 with the cup.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Occupy Movement Third Anniversary

Today marks the third anniversary of the Occupy Movement.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2011
Occupy LA protesting in front of the Bank of America.

Monday, September 15, 2014

City of Lights

While the city bakes in the day, it sparkles at night.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2014
Mulholland Drive overlook.

Thursday, September 11, 2014


9/11/01 in Los Angeles.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2001

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Harvest Supermoon over LA

A harvest supermoon hangs in the sky above Los Angeles.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2014
Harvest moon.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Saturday Night Nitro

Photos from the Saturday Night Nitro event at the Auto Club Raceway in Famoso, CA. 
Full 1/4 mile drag racing under the lights. 
Diggers, floppers, altereds, gassers, and weenie-roasters were all there.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2014
"Fighting Irish" sunset.

"Holy Toledo" wins it!

Funny car action at the finish line.

Adam Sorokin's Champion Speed Shop top fueler did very well.

Jet car.

Funny car mid-track.

Side-by-side race action.

Nitro Harley.