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.