Sunday, October 17, 2010

Impossible Project Mac Arthur park

                  I woke up to a to a text that said” coffee and bring you camera: by Valerie Watson” 

I went down to the corner coffee spot and Valerie told me that there was something she had to show me at Mac Arthur Park. I had all ways want to shoot there but never have I was really excited but had no idea what I was in for.

We walked half way around the park and she said, “There he is!” There was a man standing there with the same kind of camera that I use. I could not believe it. As I walked up he noticed my camera  we hit it off. He could not speak English and I could not speak Spanish. I just handed him my camera he was stoked and so was I! 

This man has a business where he will shoot your picture for $5 dollars in Mac Arthur Park. Valerie can speak some Spanish I had  her ask questions for me. She told me he had been doing this for 20 years. I could only imagine the photos he has taken in that time. In the late 1980s this was one of the roughest areas of Los angles. 


I noticed he did double exposures as well. I started freaking out and then he took my camera and just showed me how he did it. I was very honored that he did this. I love that he just shoots photos for the sake of doing it. I don’t think he has any interest in becoming famous. He is a true artist.

This is a  double exposure that he took with my camera.

I then had him shoot a photo of  Valerie and I so we could remember this moment.
                                   I love Alvarado st. It was like taking a vacation to Mexico. 

                                              A bird flying over the lake at Mac Arthur Park.

I want to come back here with my wet plate camera and dark room to shoot some day.


Minibike said...

So rad!

TeamMcDonough said...

Way cool. This reminded me of the times we would go to Tijuana as a child and seeing the photographers on the streets or in restaurants and do this. True artist for sure :)

christie griffin said...

great story

Sarah said...

Very cool story and photos!

Chris Stamey said...

That is so cool, Great story Ian.