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Nothing seemed to disrupt his stoic embrace of the moment. Deep in thought, his gaze went into the sacred ground where visions of his aspirations emerged. "I want all these kids to know they can be whatever they put their mind to," he told me when we encountered each other elsewhere in the park. He lived in poverty as a child, often bullied and ridiculed by classmates because of the old, worn-out clothes he could only afford to wear. While other twelve-year-olds played, he helped his mother panhandle in front of stores and made sure she had enough for rent each month. He steered away from the trouble that surrounded him and earned a college degree soon after losing his mother. In just fifteen minutes since the picture, he was no longer a stranger but an inspiration. | Captured in Downtown Los Angeles | losangeles dtla streetphotography socalmoments postthepeople streetportrait reportagespotlight lensculturestreets documentaryphotography streetlife_award streetlife everydayusa fujixt1 storyofthestreet

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The country he set foot on in the 1930s did not want people of his kind. For the first couple of months he and his father lived in the dilapidated barracks on Angel Island, an immigration center where thousands of Chinese immigrants were detained and processed against a backdrop of discriminatory laws and policies that excluded most of them from entry and prohibited them from becoming citizens. Some of the lucky ones gained entry with strict limitations and only after surviving much more rigorous processing and interrogation than other ethnic groups. And I was one of the lucky ones to bump into him during his evening walk. | Captured in Chinatown, Los Angeles | losangeles dtla lastory chinatown streetphotographers reportagespotlight postthepeople streetportrait lensculturestreets everydayusa makeportraits documentaryphotography documentary photojournalism

1 Years ago
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He slowly stopped along his path and delicately turned around, firmly holding onto his cane as he returned my greeting. He delivered his words with resilient effort as we talked, using every ounce of his body to repeat himself when I had trouble understanding. From a few sporadic bits, I learned his journey to America began as a young man working in a factory. I failed to unravel more yet still witnessed how a brief interruption to his walk brought a moment's joy that defied the ailments of age. | Captured in Downtown Los Angeles | losangeles dtla streetphotography streetphotographer lastory postthepeople streetportrait reportagespotlight lensculturestreets everydayusa makeportraits documentary photojournalism documentaryphotography

1 Years ago
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It was her first time in California. She loved the warmness of the sun and the coolness of the ocean breeze. The plastic ring barely swirled around her tiny hip twice before it fell to the ground. She grabbed it and jumped back up to give it another go. Each time it fell she picked it up a little more swiftly than before. She displayed a pure joy, the kind exhibited by a child filled with an infinite desire to learn how to hula hoop till it was just right. Though the hoop was nearly as big as her figure, it was no match for the magical dust she sprinkled on every nearby adult to make them a kid once again. | Captured in Venice Beach, CA | venicebeach losangeles socalmoments lastory lensculturestreets streetphotography streetphotographer postthepeople streetportrait streetlife_award everydayusa reportagespotlight makeportraitsnotwar

1 Years ago
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Once in my imaginary studio on the sidewalk, she gave me much more of her time than she initially allowed. I seized upon her generosity and extended our chance encounter to learn a bit about her magnificent spirit. She came to this country from Nigeria to just live and be herself. Despite the everyday struggles getting by as a seamstress, not an ounce of despair entered her mind. For her wealth was measured not by money but by an infectious smile that stretched to the edges of her cheeks and filled any nearby soul with joy. It was no surprise that those who knew her called her "Happiness." | Captured in Downtown Los Angeles | losangeles dtla streetphotography socalmoments postthepeople streetportrait reportagespotlight lensculturestreets streetlife_award everydayusa

2 Years ago
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He sat alone on a bench observing the chorus of group chatter nearby. My occasional attempts to converse with him were met with little reaction, just one- or two-word responses, if any at all. I grasped at one last effort and invited him for an impromptu portrait session on the sidewalk. Much to my surprise, he accepted it without hesitation or questions asked. He continued in his soft-spoken ways before he surprised again. "I played the violin for 20 years," he told me in a burst of more words than he had uttered to me so far. "Just got tired of it," was why he abandoned his musical pursuit. In just ten minutes, he altered my impression of him in more ways than one. | Captured on Abbot Kinney, Venice, CA | losangeles abbotkinney streetportrait makeportraitsnotwar postthepeople

2 Years ago
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The gentle breeze caressed her white robe as she steadily pushed her cart along the sidewalk. I picked a spot up ahead and waited until she neared. Before I uttered a word though, she greeted me with an energy that continued to radiate throughout our conversation. My inquisitiveness was met with delicate pauses, her thoughts navigating deep into her past. Beneath the joy she displayed was the tale of a narrow escape decades ago from a brutal regime that killed her family and ravaged her country. Out of the ashes of suffering and despair came hope and peace, and a smile that refused to wither away. | Captured in Los Angeles |

2 Years ago
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She easily stood out from the sea of pedestrians around her when I first spotted her from a block or two away. The vivid display she adorned gathered the attention of some curb-side spectators. I walked closer and timed our strides to sync with each other, wanting to know the special occasion for her exquisite outfit. "This is how I usually dress when I go outside," she said. It was her being herself, nothing out of the ordinary for her. It was, however, certainly special for some of us there lucky enough to get a glimpse of the woman who had hundreds of looks in her creative arsenal ( @glitteris). Sometimes we just need a rainbow to walk among us to break the monotony of our day and remind us to see the world in color again. | Captured in Chinatown, San Francisco | sanfranciscoigerssfstreetph makeportraits

2 Years ago
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In the hustle and bustle of the world around him, he silently sat to himself and absorbed the warm beam of light that struck his face. He journeyed into deep reflection as he gazed into the direction of his coffee cup. He moved very little as the people in front of him hurried along and chatted on their phones. After a while, he came out for a cigarette. I approached and tried to converse with him. It was clear, though, he didn't want to talk much. He had something more important to do. He put out his cigarette and returned to his seat. He assumed the same position that had initially intrigued me. He zoned out the chatter around him, focused back on his thoughts, and made me wonder what it's like to be a day dreamer again. | Captured in Downtown Los Angeles | losangeles dtla socalmoments LAstory raw_streets

2 Years ago
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He rolled the dolly along and exuded a warm, gleaming energy as he approached me. I playfully asked for a ride but it became evident he spoke no English. We began to communicate by gestures, nods, and hand motions. Soon after, I showed him my camera and pointed back and forth until he recognized that I wanted to take his photo. He stood there and appeared to forget I had interrupted him in the middle of his job. In between shots, we humored ourselves with our inability to understand each other's words. I wanted to dig deeper into his story and had someone attempt an interpretation with difficulty. Only a bit of information could be deciphered, that he arrived here just over a decade ago for the opportunity to make a living. In the thirty minutes our lives intersected, we transcended the barrier of language and laughed, joked, and smiled with one another. | Captured in Chinatown, San Francisco | sanfrancisco streetphotography chinatown

2 Years ago
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She swirled around and twirled the hoop with a magical precision that would bring any passerby to a standstill. Hooping was never on her mind until just after she moved into town a couple years earlier. It was a discovery that arose from a careless mistake and a chance encounter that followed. She was riding along on her bicycle heading to a store but haphazardly went in the wrong direction. After several blocks, she noticed a girl who danced with a hula hoop twirling around her knees. Mesmerized by the acrobatic display in front of her, she stopped her bike and watched. It was out of that unexpected moment when she first discovered her passion for hooping. She would go on to join forces with the girl who caught the attention of her curiosity and together form a hoop dance team called the "Hoop Town Hotties" ( @hooptownhotties). | Captured in Venice Beach | LAstory losangeles venicebeach streetphotography people silhouette

2 Years ago
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He greeted most people who passed by him in the parking lot, some reciprocated and others kept to themselves. I went near him and soon found myself laughing and joking with him as we talked. He had the charm and personality to entertain and captivate, and could quite easily be the life of any party. His gestures and expressions were animated, making it difficult for me to keep still and take his portrait. As he started to talk about his son, his mood changed. A minute of silence replaced the lively charisma he exhibited moments before. He took his wallet out and showed me the photo he always kept with him. His voice cracked and eyes teared up as he struggled to find his words. He lost his son to cancer several years earlier and it shattered his existence. He tried to take his own life afterwards and overdosed on pills. Miraculously, though, doctors saved him. "I miss him so much," he told me, "It's very hard but I've been trying to live for him and so far I've done it." It was only an hour that I spent with him that day, but his impact went far beyond the confines of that limited encounter. | Captured in Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles | WHPeverydayheroes

2 Years ago
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Like many others in this town, he came here as a young man to chase the alluring dream of stardom. And like many others, his hopes of being an actor came up short. But he had one highlight buried deep in memory lane. As he began to describe it, the passion and enthusiasm of his youthful days resurfaced. He got into character and went back in time to that moment when he stood among the crowd looking on as Chuck Norris fought his opponent. He jerked his arm towards himself and mimicked how he had pulled a woman to his side when the fight came dangerously close to her. He made no impact in Hollywood, but now I can say I've met someone who shared a scene with one of the great action heroes who did. | Captured on Lincoln Boulevard, Los Angeles | losangeles westla streetphotography streetphoto people portrait

2 Years ago
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His shadowy figure froze in that position as he descended. He stepped off the escalator and tried to hurry out of frame unnoticed. I assured him that his presence in the shot I just captured was worthy of notice. I joined him on the subway ride and learned about the moment he became a man. “My father wanted me to become an engineer like himself,” he told me as he discussed the time he lived with his father in Mexico. “He believed that if I did what he told me to do then I would be successful.” One day he gathered the courage to finally tell his father, “No. I am going to do what I want to do.” He packed his bags and left for America to pursue what he loved to do: study English and be an actor. Some fifty-years after he arrived, he became a part of what I love to do. | Captured in Downtown Los Angeles | losangeles dtla streetphotography

2 Years ago
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She was receptive to my intrusion into her life and had a personality as vibrant as her hair. She told me about her spunky, rock star side as a guitarist in the all-girl band @GlamSkanks. Her comfort and ease in front of my camera was immediately evident when I asked her for a photo. "I'm used to it," she told me, "My mother is a photographer." I inquired about the inspiration behind her choice of hair color and discovered that there was really no rhyme or reason to it beyond the spontaneity of life, just like the way our paths intersected that day. | Captured on Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles | losangeles melrose streetphotography streetphoto people portrait

2 Years ago
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They strolled along the sidewalk and enjoyed the delightful taste of cotton candy they shared with one another. Their youthful exuberance was felt by anyone who crossed their path. I talked to them about sports and their favorite athletes, and had fun letting them guess what city I came from for the coveted, five-dollar prize. They melded together like the band of brothers they were, at an age when time slowed down and their biggest worry at the moment was getting to the basketball court on time to play some hoops. | Captured in Toronto, Canada | toronto canada streetphotography streetphoto portrait

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He sat alone and glanced no further than the breakfast he had just finished. The few others in the diner also kept silently to themselves. Perhaps, he didn't want to be bothered. Perhaps, he wouldn't have minded at all. None of us would know though, because no one took a moment to try. | Captured in Toronto, Canada | toronto canada streetphotography streetphoto people diner

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He sat alone on the sidewalk when I noticed his towering figure. A brief glance into his eyes told me that a hidden gem waited to be discovered by anyone who stopped to talk to him. He fled Hungary in 1956 after fighting erupted. I gathered bits and pieces of his journey to Europe and then to Canada where he settled ever since. But, it was not until he invited me up to his place that I learned about the full scale of the person he had become. The memorabilia he collected from his days of glory now stood silent in the tiny apartment he had to himself. The hundreds of photos and magazine clippings adorning his wall soon revealed that I stood in the presence of a national wrestling star of his generation, Willie "The Wolfman" Farkas. | Captured in Toronto, Canada | toronto canada streetphotography streetphoto people

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For 37 years it brought darkness to his life. For 37 years it took him to the lowest of the low. For 37 years his addiction to hardcore drugs controlled every aspect of his being. For the last three years, he has freed himself from that prison and turned his life around. Those who take a moment to get to know him will surely be enlightened by his tale. | Captured in Downtown Los Angeles | losangeles dtla lalife streetphotography raw_streets streetlife_award theweekendwalkabout portrait_perfection thetopfaces

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I assured them I had no motive other than doing what I love to do: roam the streets in search of the beauty in everyday life and the people who pass by my lens. I soon learned about his inspirational journey to do what he loved to do. He never lost sight of his goal despite the adversity of growing up in south central Los Angeles. Center stage, artist/designer Michael Norice ( @mikenorice), the creative force behind Break Your Neck Urban Custom Designs, and his crew. | Captured on Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles | raw_streets theweekendwalkabout justgoshoot mafia_streetlove mpnselects streetlife_award snap_people melrose lalife

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He stood in the corner of the alley observing the streams of people walking past him from opposite directions of the sidewalk. He was invisible to them, all failing even to steer their eyes towards him. Dozens went by, yet no one paid any attention to him. He finally turned around and began his journey down the alley. I positioned myself and framed the shot. The endless stream he had watched moments before suddenly froze at both corners. Dozens now glanced at him as he walked away. For several seconds he took the spotlight with a captivated audience now wondering about the man who caught the attention of my lens. | Captured in Downtown Los Angeles |

More Than 2 Years ago
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For several minutes, he dashed in and out of the window frame, full of energy and delight with the mighty view he must have had from up there. He waved and exchanged pleasantries with people passing by below. The beautiful show he watched through his window frame was no match for any flat panel screen. He sat down and gazed straight ahead in awe of the majestic beauty of the sun caressing above the endless ocean. Little did he know that he became a part of the beauty I saw before my very eyes. | Captured in Venice Beach, CA. | venicebeach 35mm portra justgoshoot mafia_streetlove mpnselects raw_streets streetlife_award

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He walked over and crouched down next to the wall. He stared into the ground, perhaps as he waited for the next bus to arrive or meet a friend. Countless buses went by and countless people walked by, yet he barely budged from his position and continued to stare into the ground. | Captured in Downtown Los Angeles | losangeles dtla theweekendwalkabout justgoshoot mafia_streetlove mpnselects raw_streets streetlife_award minimal_perfection minimal_people street_minimal rainbow_wall yellowmonday

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I was drawn to his sky blue eyes when he unexpectedly approached me. He asked me something but I wasn't able to help him. I offered to take his photo instead. He stood in position and gazed into my lens with eyes that reflected every detail of the world behind me. I uncovered a faint smile for just a moment before he returned to his serious demeanor and walked away to find someone else who could help him. | Captured near Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA | losangeles lalife theweekendwalkabout justgoshoot mafia_streetlove mpnselects raw_streets streetlife_award snap_people

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She caught the attention of my wandering eyes as I stood on the corner. The crosswalk signal was my only enemy, 7 or so seconds left. I jogged over and stopped in front of her. As I framed the shot, I told her this scene would be better with a smile to go with it. She smiled, and never uttered a word. I snapped away and quickly dashed over to the sidewalk as the signal changed. And just as fast, she rode away and disappeared into the night. | Captured in Hollywood, CA. | hollywood hollywoodblvd theweekendwalkabout justgoshoot mafia_streetlove mpnselects raw_streets streetlife_award snap_people

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Her red umbrella popped into the corner of my eye as she headed towards my direction. She strolled into the scene across the street from me. I whisked my camera towards my eye just as she glanced over and caught me peering at her through my lens. I hit the button a split second before she pulled her umbrella down to block her face.  She drifted a safe distance away and never looked back, continuing along her path until she disappeared from my sight. For those few seconds our lives intersected, we spoke to each other in the universal language of the eyes. | Captured in Downtown Los Angeles | dtla losangeles streetphotography

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He confirmed afterwards my initial thought, that someone this suave on the sidewalk had to be a musician. | Captured in Downtown Los Angeles. | losangeles dtla lalife streetphotography street_perfection raw_streets streetlife_award best_streetview ig_streetpeople snap_people justgoshoot

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On the sidewalk, there are some people who block your way, some who step to the side, and then those who wear a pinstripe suit and walk right through you. hollywoodlife hollywoodblvd hollywood lalife streetphotography jj_streetphotography streetlife theweekendwalkabout snap_people strideby streetlife_award raw_streets

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I walked by and peered into the Dope brand store on Fairfax. I immediately saw his head popping out above the iMac as he worked away behind the register. He told me I couldn't film inside. I said I wasn't and just wanted a dope portrait of him. He graciously took a five second break to pose for me. fairfax losangeles lalife streetphotography photooftheday instafashion fashion fashionstyle fashionable style styleoftheday dope whitesunday

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I stumbled upon a group of skateboarders sitting near Melrose Avenue. He was the only willing one among his posse to take me up on my offer. The rest enjoyed the shade while we did this. melrose losangeles lalife streetphotography street_minimal streetlife skate skateboard skateboarding skatelife skateordie skateeverydamnday skateeverything

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