1/22/2017

My Images and Reflections on the Women's March: LA

Yesterday I participated in the Women's March in Los Angeles. It was a beautiful, uplifting, and wholly positive experience. There were 750,000 attendees (far more than anyone anticipated) and not a single arrest. I've never experienced a friendlier version of this city. When people needed to get past me they said, "Excuse me." and "Thank you!". That's not exactly the norm in LA.
I began the day meeting up with friends at the rally in Pasadena. It was a remarkably family oriented event. At one point a few mothers had to sit down on the curb to breastfeed their babies and I saw nothing but pride on their faces. Not a word was muttered nor an eye brow raised over this. We planned to walk to the Metro station and take a train straight to Pershing Square where the march was to begin. However the trains were so packed that each one that arrived at our platform was stuffed like a sardine can. Two of our group managed to squeeze in before the doors closed but the rest of us had to get a car to take us as close to the march as possible. I've never been so delighted to see so much traffic in LA. EVERYONE was trying to get there. By the time we arrived the streets were spilling over the main route and there were shoulder-to-shoulder crowds as far as the eye could see. I was worried I wouldn't get any good shots because the crowd was so packed I couldn't maneuver much at all. Luckily things started to move more fluidly and I was able to move around enough to start photographing! 
The mood was determined, hopeful, wonderfully sassy, and remarkably friendly. It was overwhelming in every way. I laughed, I held back tears,  I talked to strangers, I felt united. I can only hope that we keep this spark alive. As one of the chants goes, "THIS is what democracy looks like." I've never been more proud of you, Los Angeles.
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6/27/2014

Portraits from the Renaissance Faire

Back in May I attended my first Renaissance Faire right outside Los Angeles. As a history buff, I'd always been curious about them. I wondered how people interpreted history and where and how they saw themselves within that context. It's a very interesting subculture that is made up of genuinely sweet and lovely people. The faire that's held here every year is a massive event that goes on for two months in the spring. I got such a kick out of walking around and seeing everyone in their costumes (period or not). There was an infectious enthusiasm that I found quite fun and refreshing. Not only did I want to go to see what these fairs are all about but I wanted to shoot portraits! Approaching strangers and asking to photograph them is still quite new to me. Fortunately I was met with kindness, patience, and curiosity by all of my subjects. Here are ten of my favorites! I'm already looking forward to returning next year.


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4/23/2014

Afternoon at The Getty Center

A few weeks ago we spent several hours walking around at The Getty Center. I wanted to see the latest photography exhibits: A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography and the Hiroshi Sugimoto exhibit. Both were excellent and they're on display until June so do check them out if you're in the area!   It was a windy and chilly (by LA spring time standards) day so there weren't too many people there. Always nice. I was happy to just wander around my camera. Here's what I saw.




4/22/2014

Casting Shadows: Norton Simon Museum

As mentioned in my last post, here are the images I shot of the wonderful shadows being cast by some of the Hindu and Buddhist statues at the Norton Simon Museum. This small room is located on the bottom floor and has a huge window that looks out onto a beautiful statue in a garden grove. Due to the influx of natural light, the statues cast such incredible shadows from their pillars. I noticed this as soon as we walked in and became much more interested in photographing the shadows than anything else. In a way, it brought these deities to life more so than the statues themselves. Rather than seeing them stuck on their own individual pillars, isolated, their shadows mix and mingle and interact with each other.


4/21/2014

Art and People: Norton Simon Museum

Today we swung by the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena to look at a few exhibits. The weather was pretty nice and we sat out in the garden for a little while between exhibit hopping. I also bought a Sunprint kit in the gift shop and am quite excited to take it for a spin. One of my favorite things to do in museums is to watch people experiencing the art. I'd been to the Norton Simon several times so I was already familiar with their permanent collection which meant I could spend more time people watching! There's something so quiet, reflective, and personal about photographing people while they're studying a painting (or just relaxing in front of one). Rather than disturb them I like to photograph them with their backs to me. It's interesting to see how posture and body language change depending on the piece of art. The way a person holds themselves in these moments tells me a lot about them and I'm fine to leave the rest a mystery. Stay tuned for a second post from the Norton Simon. I'll be showing some images of the shadows cast by Hindu statues!



12/18/2013

Reaching back...

So, it's been awhile. I've been meaning to get back into my blog for a long time. This time around I simply intend to feature my own images which removes a lot of the pressure of creating perfect layouts of other people's work. I want to showcase more of my own photography here as I continue to rebuild my portfolio and website. That said, I wanted to give my neglected little blog a pretty flower and to let it know I still love it. 





4/08/2012

Happy Easter, folks!

Happy Easter and Happy Spring to everyone! Enjoy a relaxing and (hopefully) sunny day with your favorite people. I'm off to find myself some chocolate...couldn't resist.


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3/16/2012

Playing...

I planned a trip to The Huntington for some tea and garden action (yes, action). Normally, I take my cumbersome camera bag with me. This time I decided against it and ended up hijacking Luke's iPhone. There is so much to see there that I had to shoot something. I wasn't expecting to really enjoy using the iPhone camera but it was quite fun and liberating. Sometimes it's nice to forget about being technical and just play around and not care too much about what you end up with at the end of the day.


Images by Maureen Price



3/12/2012

Escape



Lately I've been biting at the bit to get out of town for a little while. I need some quiet and some new experiences. There's so much of California that I haven't seen and I want to start picking away at my list of places to visit. That being said, we're going up to the Sequoia National Park in a few weeks for a quick break from the modern world. I plan to spend as much time as possible outside with zero technology. I can't wait to spend the evenings on the porch of the lodge or in front of the giant fireplace. I can't wait to see the stars and enjoy the quiet and the air. I can't wait to hike and explore. In a nutshell, I can't wait.

The beautiful image above is by Marc Fischer. He's a multimedia artist and musician currently living in Portland, Oregon. Check out his site Dust Breeding for some great polaroid images.



3/09/2012

Finding beauty...

So, the quote above the picture is from a fortune cookie. Not much of a fortune but I liked it enough to keep it and pop it on my fridge. It's something I always try to remember...especially when I'm walking around with my camera. This picture is of pollen (and pond gunk?) in a stagnant fountain. I couldn't walk away without shooting it. I love the way a bit of pollen and dirty water can look like a beautiful aerial image of some exotic location. I guess it's the little things in life.


Image by Maureen Price. Please don't use without permission.