Thursday, August 18, 2016

Emperor Statue in LA

A sculpture named "The Emperor Has No Balls" made an appearance in Los Angeles today.
Many other duplicate sculptures appeared in other US cites as well.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2016
Wackiness at Wacko.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Summit Inn Destroyed by Blue Cut Fire

The historic and wonderful Summit Inn in Hesperia burned to the ground last evening due to fast moving Blue Cut fire. Not much survived from the fire, a couple of signs and china ware made it through. The fire rolled quickly through the area and fire fighters were spread too thin over the large fire area to protect the property.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2016
The gift shop.

Victorville FD.

Broken window glass at the gift shop.

Coffee cups.

The cafe.

The flag was the only thing that survived the night of fire.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Sunset Boulevard Noir

Sunset Boulevard near the junction in Silverlake.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2016
Sunset Blvd.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

The Venetians '93

These images were photographed 23 years ago in the community of Oakwood/Venice, CA. It was one year after the L.A. riots and the area was undergoing a sea-change. The L.A.Weekly sent writer Jill Sharer and me to do a report on the area. The area was under siege by gangs, drugs, police, and rich gentrifiers. In the middle of it all was an amazing vibrant community. Here a small selection of images from then.
Wondering who stayed and where are they now.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 1993
V13's.

An Oakwood Allstar Little Leaguer.

Young boy holding a dying sparrow.

Basketball on a Oakwood street.

Young boy sweeping the sidewalk in Oakwood.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Sand Fires Last Gasp

Firefighters and nature combine to end the brutal Sand Fire in Santa Clarita. The final back fires were set and nature added higher humidity to quash the last of the disastrous fire. The fire burned over 38,500 acres of land.
Here are some images from the Soledad Canyon area.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2016
The sun over the Vasquez Rocks.

Soledad Canyon.

Sign on Soledad Canyon.

Giant flames and firefighters.

Burn scar.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Another Fire Moon

Another month passes, and another moon glows orange from a Southern California wild fire.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2016

Fire moon.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

58th Southern California Journalism Awards.

Was honored to receive the award for "Photojournalist of the Year 2015" from the Los Angeles Press Club earlier last month.
Jarl Mohn, Nick Ut, Erin Brockovich, and Jason Rezaian were also honored for their work in journalism and public service.
The 58th awards ceremonies were held at the Biltmore hotel in downtown LA.

Here is the body of work from 2015. Watch on full screen mode.






Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Indonesia 2016

A few images from my latest trip to the islands of Indonesia.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2016
Young boys doing their best pose in Jakarta.

Deserted streets in downtown Jakarta post Ramadan.

Monsoon morning sky in Bali.

Jakarta skyline.

Downtown Jakarta.

Morning prayers for Lebaran.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Fire Moon

An Airbus A321 flies in front of a moon turned orange colored due to wild fires burning in Duarte, CA.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2016
Fire moon.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Duarte Fires

The Fish Fire and Reservoir Fire in Duarte converged today.
117 degree temperatures made it difficult for fire fighters and local residents to deal with the fires which still are burning out of control in the hills above Duarte, CA.
End of day.

DC10 retardant drop.

Drop between the wires.

Gold line and the 210.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2016

Summer Moon

Sitting on the porch last night, watching the jets fly in to LAX on final approach during a full moon.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2016

Summer moon.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Petersen Rainbow

The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles lit up in the rainbow colors to honor those who were maimed and killed at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2016
Petersen at night.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Sanders Election Day Rally

An election day rally for Bernie Sanders who lost the California Primary to Hillary Clinton, was held at the Barker Hanger inside the Santa Monic Airport. 
He defiantly vowed to continue his campaign all the way the next month's convention. 
Sanders gave a shorter than normal speech and was visibly sad and tired from the election.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2016
Sanders waving bye to the crowd.

Not...

...feeling the Bern.

West Hollywood Jesus.

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Monday, June 6, 2016

Hillary in South LA

Democratic Candidate for President Hillary Clinton held a quick campaign rally in South Los Angeles this afternoon. Area politicians including LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and Compton Mayor Aja Brown stopped by to support Hillary.
Jamie Foxx and Jason George from Grey's Anatomy spoke on Hillary's behalf.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2016
Hillary!

Mayor Garcetti

Kareem Abdul Jabbar.

Jason George.

Jamie Foxx and friends.


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Balinese Dancing at LACMA

Various dances and gamelan music of Bali inside the courtyard at LACMA last Monday.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2016




Saturday, May 28, 2016

Bernie Sanders LA HQ

Bernie Sanders' Los Angeles campaign headquarters at the defunct Johnies Coffee Shop Restaurant at Fairfax and Wilshire Blvd. The restaurant is featured in several commercials, tv shows, and films including "Reservoir Dogs" and "The Big Lebowski."
Bernie's is now open to the public until election night, June 7th. They have decals and posters for sale to support the campaign along with volunteer sign ups.
It's a great also a great opportunity to see inside the coffee shop which is generally closed to the public.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2016
Bernie mural.

Inside Johnies/Bernies.

Exterior view.

Bernie nipple.