Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Top Ten Favorite Cars To See At 2014 LA Auto Show

Here's my top ten favorite cars to see at this year's Los Angeles Auto Show.
My criteria was innovation, beauty, and a nod to the true automotive future.

1. MINI Superleggera Vision concept vehicle. A new possible direction for the MINI auto company. The vehicle is an electric powered rear-wheel drive vehicle designed by MINI Design Chief Andres Warming. Beautiful design cues and details.

2. A concept vehicle, the Toyota FV2 future mobility concept.

3. The Porsche 918 Spyder hybrid. The 918 is a mid-engine hybrid supercar with a 608hp gas engine combined with a 279hp electric engine, for a combined output of 887hp and a top speed of 210mph.
Starting price is $845K USD.

4. Infinity Q80 plug-in hybrid concept. The "Liquid Sky" paint is 28 layers thick.

5. The Ford Mustang Shelby GT. The 350ci 500hp engine celebrates the 50 years of Mustang proudly with functional style.

6. The Maserati "Alfieri" concept. Just because.

7. The Lexus LF-C2 concept vehicle. Perfect for California.

8. Jaguar Project 7 F-Type 2016. This V-8 powered engine produces 575hp and cost $165K USD.

9. Mercedes AMG-GTS 2016. Powered by a V-8 twin turbo gas burning engine. Has a 7 speed auto transmission. No price yet.

10. Bently Grand Convertible. No price yet.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2014
MINI Superleggera Vision.

Toytota FV2 concept.

Porsche 918 Hybrid Spyder.

Infinity Q80 concept.

Ford Mustrang Shelby GT350.

Maserati Alfieri concept.

Lexus LF-C2 concept.

Jaguar Project 7 F-Type.

Mercedes AMG-GTS.

Bently Grand Convertible concept.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Los Angeles Auto Show

The final finishing touches at the Los Angeles Auto Show held at the convention center.
The show is set to begin November 23 till the 30th.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2014
A vintage creation from the Hollenbeck Color Studio.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Venice Beach Photo Workshop

Sign up for my Venice Beach Photo Workshop on Saturday December 6th, 2014.
Photojournalist Jonathan Alcorn and myself will be instructing the daylong workshop at Venice Beach. There is a hosted lunch and a special guest instructor, Nick Ut, who will be joining us.
This workshop is for all abilities of photographer and great for those who want to learn to use their cameras to travel and tell stories.

Sign up and more info, email me at



Join us.

Monday, November 10, 2014

11 11 11

Thank you to all Veterans.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2014
The crosses at Arlington West Memorial @ Santa Monica Beach.

Harold Henry Park 2.0

Groundbreaking was held today for upgrades to my local park, Harold Henry Park.
Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge was on hand along with several city officials for the ceremonies. Upgrades will include better physical access to the park for all, new water fountains, shade and picnic area, and new California friendly plants.
Harold Henry was a Los Angeles City Councilmember from 1942-1962.

photos by Ted Soqui © 2014
Harold Henry pre-upgrade.

Councilmember LaBonge giving a speech.

Councilmember LaBonge.

The upgrades begin.

Groundbreaking at Henry Park.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

The Wall 25 Years Later

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
A 10 segment portion of the wall is located at 5900 Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles.
Met a former soldier who used to patrol the western part of the wall for the US Army. He said visiting the wall today is helping with the healing process of being stationed at Check Point Charlie back in the height of the cold war.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2014
10 segments.

Reagan quote.

The wall deteriorating.

Wall detail.

John, former US Army soldier at the wall.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Photo Workshop in Venice Beach

Sign up for my Venice Beach photo workshop set for Saturday December 6th, 2014.
Legendary photojournalist will be joining us.
All abilities are welcome to sign up. This hands-on in the field workshop if for those who want to learn travel photography and how to use your camera to tell photo stories.

Any questions or to sign up, email me.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Red Celebrity

A lovely late 1980's red Chevrolet Celebrity convertible parked on a Los Angeles street.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2014
Best car in America at it's time.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014


Make your voice heard today.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 1992
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Monday, November 3, 2014

Venice Beach Photoworkshop

Join Jonathan Alcorn, Nick Ut, and myself on my inaugural Venice Beach Photoworkshop. You will photograph some amazing folks and see some brilliant places in and around Venice Beach.
Nick Ut will will be our special guest photographer. 
This will be a hands-on in the field photoworkshop, you will get amazing photos.

Email me to sign up or ask any questions.
Follow us on Facebook at JTA Photo Agency and on Instagram @JTA_Photo_Angency

Looks like fun.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Mushroom Season at the Larchmont Farmers Market

The fall season now brings amazing assortments of mushrooms found at the Larchmont Farmers Market on Sundays.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2014
Little white ones.

Assortment basket.

Trippy weird looking ones.

Lovely tan ones.

Lobster shrooms.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Feliz Dia De Los Muertos

Saw this wonderful alter in downtown LA's Grand Park. It frames LA City Hall perfectly.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2014
Feliz dia de los muertos.

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.