Tuesday, May 28, 2019

City Hall Rainbow

Was chasing this rainbow down the 5 freeway from Burbank to downtown. Had about 2 minutes to photograph it before the setting sun disappeared behind the clouds. Snapped off 5 frames and captured the bow just the behind LA City Hall building.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2019
City Hall rainbow.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Super Bloom in Southern California

Californian Poppies and various other wildflowers begin to bloom near Lake Elsinore California. The super bloom was brought on by heavy winter rains. The rest of California should start blooming with a bounty of wildflowers in a week or two.
The Golden Poppy is California's state flower.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2019
Golden poppy flower.

Golden poppies surround a cactus plant.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

L.A. Eagles

Visited a bald eagle's nest in the mountains above Los Angeles. Watched as the male swooped in with a meal for his mate and two young chicks. Always exciting to see these majestic birds in our local mountains.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2019
Waiting for a meal.

Meal delivery.

Lunch time.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Rainy Week Ahead 3/4-8/2019

It's gonna be a rainy week ahead here in the Los Angeles Basin. Looking forward to seeing all the spring flowers bloom later this month.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2019
The rain will fall mainly on the plain.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Winter Storm in Los Angeles

A cold winter storm in Los Angeles.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2019
LA winter

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Once a Year

Here's my once a year photo of downtown Los Angeles with the snow-covered San Gabriel mountain range. So many elements must come together to get this photo, wind direction, no clouds, no haze, and I have to be free that day to get the photo.

Till next year.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2019
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Monday, February 4, 2019

Photo LA 2019

I will be speaking at this year’s Photo LA held at the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica Sunday, Feb 3 at 1:30pm. Visit the A&I Photography booth too. Learn about how to make amazing photo books from your images. Get your tickets here.http://www.photola.com/programming/focus_photo_la.php Photo L.A.
My photo wall at the A&I booth.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

My Top 10 Photos of 2018

I put together this collection of 10 of images I took this year. Was going to do a list of 35, but paired it down to just 10. Probably should have done a list of 50, but thought 10 is a good number. Photographed hundreds of thousands of images this year, these 10 mean a lot to me even though they may not be my best photographs. Click on the images to see them larger.
Hope you like them. 
May 2019 be an even better year for all of us.

Ted Soqui

Blasey Ford supporter in downtown L.A. 9/28/2018
"March For Our Lives" rally and march in downtown L.A. 3/24/2018

Light bringer. Lombok, Indonesia. 6/20/2018

SpaceX rocket launch over L.A. 10/7/2018

World Series Game at Dodger Stadium. 10/26/2018 
T'-Oaks residents line up on a freeway overpass to say goodbye to a fallen officer. 11/8/2018

An Arabian horse at Zuma Beach during the Woolsey Fire. 11/9/2018

Broken figurine at the Woolsey Fire. Malibu. 12/7/2018 

A homeless man in Hollywood with a new "Fuck You" tattoo on his face. 12/14/2018

Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez speaking in L.A. 8/2/2018

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Woolsey Fire

Images from tghe Woolsey Fire burning in the hills above Trancas and Zuma Beach.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2018
An Arabian horse awaits evacuation at Zuma Beach

Fire burns in Trancas Canyon.

Evacuees at Zuma Beach.

Evacuations near Pepperdine University.

BTS footage

Sunday, November 4, 2018

10 Years Ago

Ten years ago on this date, Americans elected Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States of America.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2006
Citizen Obama.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Baby Trump Flies @ LA City Hall

A "Baby Trump" balloon flies at Los Angeles City Hall during a Prop 10 rally. The balloon is a licenced replica of the original balloon that was created in the UK earlier this year,

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2018
On the steps of City Hall.

LAPD officer trying to shut the balloon down.

Selfie time.

"Baby Trump" full of air.

"Baby Trump."

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Longest World Series Game

The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Boston Red Sox, 3-2 in the longest World Series game last night.
The game lasted 18 inning tying the previous record, and took 7 hours and 20 minutes to play beating the old record of 7 hours and 5 minutes. Each team had 9 pitchers throwing 561 total pitches.
The Red Sox lead the series 2 games to 1.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2018

The games begin

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Friday, October 19, 2018

Baby Trump In LA

The Baby Trump balloon flying over downtown Los Angeles for the Politicon Convention.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2018

Blue and orange morning.

New skyline.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Southern California Wildfires

Monday, October 15, 2018

Labor Slideshow

Monday, October 8, 2018

SpaceX West Coast Night Launch

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from Vandenberg AFB near Ventura, CA. The early evening launched was made spectacular by high altitude sunlight reflecting the rocket's gases over Los Angeles. I used a Canon DSLR with a 100-400mm zoom lens.
ISO was 6400 and exposures were 1/80s @ f.4.5.
Camera was handheld.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2018
Booster separation.

Falcon 9 before stage separation over downtown L.A.

Booster separation.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

New Exhibit


                                                                                                                                        “X” photo by Ted Soqui © 1992
Photojournalist Ted Soqui Added to
The Lineup of "Out In The Street"
-Exhibition at Muzeumm in West Adams District
(September 10, 2018/ Los Angeles, California) The Venice Institute of Contemporary Art ViCA and Muzeumm present a unique fine art photography exhibition Out In The Street, which focuses on a nearly 200 year tradition in art, will feature a selection of work by Ted Soqui. He is known for his insightful and dedicated photographic coverage of Los Angeles in all it's aspects for the LA Weekly, TIME Magazine, Newsweek Magazine, and the New York Times Magazine to name a few - with special emphasis on cause-based events protests and demonstrations from the 1980's to the present. He became world renowned for a TIME Magazine cover image of an Occupy Movement protester by Shepard Fairey. The original “Protester” image and several protest images photographed over the last 30 years in Los Angeles, will be exhibited.

Artists selected for the show include the renowned Edmund TeskeAve PildasDiane CockerillSunny Bak and Osceola Refetoff. Out In The Street presents mages created with a camera that address urban challenges and solutions in terms of social issues, justice, political protest, demonstrations, geographical, and/or philosophically creative ways of seeing what's out in the street or out of doors - from around the world.
Curated by Director of ViCA Juri Koll, the exhibition opens with an artist’s reception on September 21 from 7:30 - 10pm, and continues through October 21, 2018 at Muzeumm in Los Angeles, a pre-eminent exhibition space located at 4817 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90016, in the burgeoning West Adams District.
Following the exhibition, a catalog will be published, for purchase in soft cover for $20.
Deadline for the Open Call approaches quickly - September 14, 2018 at 5pm. 
Submissions: https://www.veniceica.org/exhibitions/2018/9/21/out-in-the-street

For further information: ted@tedsoquiphoto.com
 juri@veniceica.org or +1 310-957-7037, and www.veniceica.org.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Indonesian Independence Day Celebration

Indonesian Independence Day celebration at the Indonesian Consulate in Los Angeles.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2018
Indonesian diversity.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

LA Gold

Los Angeles landmarks turned gold last night to honor Jonathan Gold's 58th birthday. Jonathan was a longtime former colleague at the LA Weekly and passed away earlier last week from pancreatic cancer.

Photography by Ted Soqui © 2018

Thursday, July 12, 2018

LA Fire Print

Just finished printing of one of my favorite photos, "LA Fire."

This image was featured on two hit television shows, "The Closer" and "Major Crimes." It was shot as I attempted to drive down Topanga Blvd during a Santa Ana wind driven brush fire back in October 2008.
I quickly realized that I wouldn't make it through due to heavy sideways blowing flame, so I reversed my car stopping for a brief moment to shoot this image through my front windshield.

The final image is printed at a giant 60"x40" inches, and was produced and printed by the print masters of A&I Photo in North Hollywood, CA. It's definitely a statement piece. Only 10 prints will be produced for sale.

Contact me via email or IM if interested in purchasing one of these impressive prints.


Have one on my wall.

"LA Fire."

Saturday, April 28, 2018


On this day, twenty-six years ago, the City of Los Angeles tore itself apart.
The wounds and scars have not fully healed and the memories still linger.

Photo illustration by Ted Soqui © 1992
LA '92 riots as graphic novel.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Happy 90th LA City Hall

Los Angeles City Hall turns 90 years old today. The iconic structure opened back in 1928 with a three day long celebration.
Made this montage proof-sheet image back in 1990, using one roll of bulk rolled 35mm Kodak Tri-X black and white film.
The bottom left frame is my favorite. It shows a homeless man asleep on the great lawn.
The homeless issue has still not been addressed by the politicians of this beautiful structure.

Photography by Ted Soqui © 2018
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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Hot Spring Week in Los Angeles

Record breaking spring temperatures this week in the Los Angeles basin.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2018
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Sunday, March 25, 2018

March For Our Lives LA

The crowd outside L.A. City Hall during the March For Our Lives rally.
LA Weekly slide show.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2018
No guns.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Spring Rain

Spring rain day in Los Angeles.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2018
The eyes of March.