As work has all but dried up the last week or so, I thought I’d try to be pro-active and head down to San Diego’s annual Veteran’s Day Parade. In the past I’ve always found the best images come before a parade when everyone is waiting in line to march and sneaking in a few practice moves before the show. I also wanted to make photos that might have a bit more of a political implication seeing as we are at war and probably will be for some years to come. I found these kids in the Young Marines program in line before the parade and was struck by how mature they looked and started thinking where or what battlefield they might end-up on someday. I wonder if they have any idea of what they might be asked to do. Right now though, it’s just fun to dress-up and act like a Marine.
Been slow around here lately so I went out and shot some spec work on a vigil held at the U.S.-Mexico Border.
In light of the Berlin Wall coming down 20 years ago today, activists staged a protest at our wall to bring to light human rights issues between Mexico and America. For generations families would gather at Friendship Park and re-unite with relatives by having picnics with their loved ones on the other side of the wall. Well, the U.S. Government put an end to this decades old tradition by erecting a new fence which has in effect, put this to an end. It’s very sad to separate these families all in the name of homeland security. I just hope our current administration will recognize that it is more beneficial and safer to create goodwill between ourselves and our neighbors.
As the war in Afghanistan seems to linger on with no end in sight, I had to photograph yet another memorial for a fallen Marine. Staff Sgt. Aaron Taylor was killed in the line of duty while serving in Afghanistan in early October. It really brings the war home and makes it seem more tangible when you see fellow Marines breaking down and acting like human beings. Death is a terrible thing to have to deal with, especially when you have a young, smart, energetic guy who was taken at such a young age. Folks, the economy is in the tank, our healthcare sucks, Glenn Beck will always run his mouth too much, but please remember there are real people with families and friends dying for our country every day.
Shot some portraits of two legedary dudes in the Direct Marketing world at a hotel in San Diego. My directions were to get them pretty tight against a wall with some kind of color. So of course I walk into the room and all the walls are butt white. So I noticed the curtains had a nice texture an just popped the subjects in front of them. I also had to match the mood with 5 other photos from this story that a photographer shot in NY. Believe it not, these guys were pretty animated and gave me tons to work with. It’s also lways fun to ork with older folks because their faces have so much charactor.
I spent the weekend shooting the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista. Great light, lots of action and color all made for a dynamic event for photography.