Friday, February 24, 2017

Final Touches at the Scottish Rite Masonic Temple

Finishing touches going on at the Scottish Rite Masonic Temple on Wilshire Blvd.
The Guess Brothers, Maurice and Paul Marciano, are converting the temple in to a giant private art museum. It will house the Marciano art collection and feature local area artist.
The historic temple was designed by Millard Sheets.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2017
Egyptian architect Imhotep getting a new pedestal.

A row of ancients getting cleaned up.

George Washington.

Albert Pike relief.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Late Winter's Day in La La Land

The last part of LA's long beautiful winter.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2017
Click image to see in its full glory.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Rain Damage in Los Angeles

Rain damage in Los Angeles after heavy rain fell over the southland. A giant 30 foot sinkhole swallowed two vehicles in Studio City.

Photo and video by Ted Soqui © 2017
Studio City sink hole.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Storm Clouds Gather

Storm clouds gather over Los Angeles. Up to 5 inches of rain is expected to fall in the downtown area over the next couple of days.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2017
View from East Los.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Pro-Trump Demonstration at LAX

30-40 pro-Trump supporters from the Southern California area demonstrated at LAX International Terminal.
They protested in support of Trump's travel ban against the seven Muslim countries in the Middle east, the ban has been temporarily overturned and is not in affect.
A counter demonstration of 300 set up inside the international terminal keeping the pro-Trumpers out and on the other side of the street. LAX Airport police kept the two demonstrations apart from each other.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2017
Trumpers posing for pictures.

"Trump is Love."

Trumpers in action.

LAX PD keeping the peace.

Trumpers in protest mode.

Friday, February 3, 2017

LAX Reunion

Ali Vayeghan greeted by his family and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti as he arrives to LAX. Vayeghan, who had a valid travel visa, was not allowed to enter the US last Friday due to a travel ban signed in to law by the President. 
Ali will join his family who live in Indiana.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2017
Back in the USA.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Anti-Muslim Travel Ban Demonstrations at LAX

Two days of demonstrations followed after President Trump's travel ban executive order was signed in to place. Muslims from countries on the ban where detained at airports all over the US.
Protesters numbering in the thousands swarmed the international terminal at LAX calling for the release of all of the detainees. Traffic was shut down to the terminal for most of Sunday night.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2017


Who's streets?

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Muslim Ban Protest LAX

Hundreds of people demonstrated against the recent Muslim travel ban, signed in to law by President Trump, at LAX international airport. The ban was temporarily overturned by a federal judge.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2017

Marching inside the Bradley Terminal.

Rallying outside the Bradley Terminal.

Candle light vigil.

Bradley International Terminal.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Latest Post Card From La La Land

Snow in the local mountains behind downtown Los Angeles after a week of storms.
One of my favorite views.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2017
La La Land.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Inauguration Day Los Angeles

Inauguration day in Los Angeles.
Several marches met up in front of LA City Hall to protest against Donald Trump becoming the new President of the United States.

Photo byTed Soqui © 2017
Inauguration day.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Women's March LA

Thousands of people took to the downtown streets of Los Angeles to take part in the Women's March.

Photos and video by Ted Soqui © 2017



Thursday, January 19, 2017

Farewell Mr. President

Thank you for your service to our country, Mr. President.
It's been a great 8 years.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2008
The President of the United States.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Beverly Hills by the Sea

The residents of Venice and Oakwood back in 1993 during the first wave of gentrification. 
Now the area is called "Beverly Hills by the Sea" and is quickly becoming the most expensive place to live in the LA County. Read about it in this week's LA Weekly.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 1993
The residents of Venice and Oakwood '93.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Falcon 9 Stage One

Stage one of a Falcon 9 Space X rocket now rest on the docks of the Los Angeles Harbor. The rocket flew in to space earlier last week, and successfully landed back on a special Space X drone ship named, "Just Read the Instructions," in the Pacific Ocean. Space X hopes to clean-up and re-use the rockets to make more frequent trips in to outer space.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2017
Bolting the rocket down.

Loading stage one on to the docks.

Clamping the rocket down.

Detail of the nozzles.

Been to space.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Senator Barack Obama

One of the first times I photographed then Senator Barack Obama. 
He was visiting Los Angeles during a tour for his newest book "The Audacity of Hope:Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream." It was just as amazing to hear him speak then, as it is this evening at his farewell address. 

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2006
He signed a copy for me.

The moment.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Welcome Year 2017

A flock of pigeons flying over San Fernando Blvd. in the early morning.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2017
Happy 2017.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Venice Beach Winter Sunset

Sunset at Venice Beach breakwater.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2016
Last days of 2016.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

My Year in Pictures 2016

Put together a video with some of my favorite photos of last year.
They were all photographed in and around Los Angeles, featuring the people and places of the area.
Hope you enjoy watching it.

Thanks again and Happy New Year.

Video by Ted Soqui © 2016

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

75 Years Ago

The hand of 95 year old Emery Arsenault holding a medallion given to the survivors of the Pearl Harbor attack back on December 7, 1941 by the Imperial Japanese Navy.
Emery will be making the trip to Pearl Harbor this week to commemorate the attack and to meet up with the remaining survivors.


Photo by Ted Soqui/Reuters © 2016
Never forget.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

5 years Ago The Occupation of LA Ends

5 years ago in Los Angeles, the month long occupation of LA ends. LAPD and various area law enforcement agencies raid and clear the occupation camp from the grounds of LA City Hall.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2011
1st and Spring street.
Occupiers holding the line in front of LA City Hall.

Occupy the world.

Entrance to LA City Hall.

Occupiers at 1st and Spring Street.

Monday, November 21, 2016

After The Storm

Downtown Los Angeles today after the storm

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2016

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Magic Hour On Wilshire Blvd.

A rare magic hour sunset above the Wilshire Ebell Theatre and it's environs.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2016
Wilshire United Methodist Church.

Wilshire Ebell.

S.Lucerne Blvd.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

5 Years Ago in Los Angeles

On this date, 5 years ago, I took the image on the left. 5 years later, almost exactly the same date, I took the one on the right. Both were taken very close to each other in downtown Los Angeles.
Makes me wonder if I've come full circle or is this the beginning of something new.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2011 2016
5 years in L.A.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Supermoon Over Los Angeles

The largest supermoon in 69 years rose above Los Angeles this Monday evening.
Was in downtown Los Angeles near a Salvadorean community, an old woman walked up to and said, "la Luna bonita!" Yes, it was a bonita moon.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2016
La Luna bonita.

Supermoon over the Wilshire Grand spire (1099 foot tall).

The People, United!

Thousands of Southern Californians took to the downtown streets of Los Angeles to march against the election of Donald Trump as president of the U.S.
Hillary Clinton won the state of California by a wide margin over Donald Trump.

Photo by Ted Soqui/REUTERS © 2016