Santa Monica, CA: The End Of Route 66

Posted by on May 4, 2014 in art, culture, photography, travel, uncategorized | One Comment

In 2001, reporter Mark Kendall and I drove Route 66, from Chicago back to Southern California, on assignment for The Press-Enterprise. The trip was significant as the first time a P-E photographer travelled with digital cameras and a laptop, transmitting the photos back from along the way. By the time I returned to Southern California, […]

Environmental Portrait: A “Shot in the Dark”

Posted by on Apr 17, 2014 in art, business, culture, photography | 4 Comments

An environmental portrait is one typically created in a subject’s usual environment, such as their home or workplace, with the idea of conveying something unique about their personality or character. A couple of weeks ago I spotted this beautiful mural on a wall in San Bernardino and decided immediately I wanted to do a portrait […]

Los Angeles, CA: The Power Of National Geographic Photography

Posted by on Jan 25, 2014 in art, business, culture, news, photography | No Comments

The line was long outside The Annenberg Space For Photography, where the exhibit, “The Power of Photography: 125 Years of National Geographic,” was on display. Editors no doubt struggled to cull 125 years of work to only  a few hundred images, but in the end, they printed many on a kind of wallpaper and laminated […]

Kid With A Camera: Controversy Surrounds Death of Reuters Stringer

Posted by on Jan 8, 2014 in art, business, culture, news, photography | No Comments has posted a comprehensive story regarding the death last month of Molhem Barakat, a Syrian teen who provided news pictures from his war-torn country, reportedly for as little as $10 each, that the Reuters news organization then resold for many times that amount to the likes of The New York Times and other major media outlets. Much of the […]

Lancaster, CA: Into The Wild Blue Yonder

Posted by on Nov 3, 2013 in business, culture, photography, technology | No Comments

At the corner of Sierra Highway and Lancaster Blvd. sits a McDonnell Douglas F4 Phantom II pointing rakishy over traffic. Surrounded by a number of concrete monuments bearing brass plaques, the display comprises Lancaster’s AeroSpace Wall of Fame, noting the accomplishments of various test pilots and the records they set at nearby Edwards Air Force […]

Roadside Attraction: A Sense Of Patriotism in Mojave, CA

Posted by on Nov 2, 2013 in art, business, culture, photography | No Comments

I needed a break and change of scenery from my usual weekend routine.  Decided to go for a backroads drive through the California high desert communities of Palmdale, Lancaster, Rosamond and Mojave today. I was attracted to the boldly-painted windows, sandwich board and the solitary American flag found in front of Mojave Thrift and Collectibles, […]