Secretly Laughing

hp9 copySometimes people catch me taking photos of them. These moments are somewhat awkward, but also a reminder that these are people just minding their own business. I think his expression summarizes the experience for both of us. I think the camera was titled which gives all the cars that angled look, though the man was slouching, so he appears to be standing upright.

Crossing York Boulevard and Avenue 63


Remember Alhambra

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Alhambra has along its Main Street a gloss, a gleam that is new and fresh. In March the L.A. Conservancy gave Alhambra an F in terms of preservation. Much of the push for new businesses in Alhambra has defeated the purpose for any type of single story buildings along its Main Street. The Diner on Main Street remains, along with a handful of other properties.

Super A Market served the ethnic Latino community along Main Street. A mixed use structure will be going up, with live/work properties. Under my Super A photo is an image of what happened to that piece of Main Street.

There is a mixture of ethnic Chinese, Latino and contemporary influences on the architecture and storefronts. Though what’s winning out remains to be seen. Think vertically in terms of real estate and maximizing space. It’s forward thinking, but it also looks beyond the community currently living there.00000025

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Elephant Hill from Rose Hills, with the clouds as witness


Soto Street Bridge is below, with Elephant Hills watching over. To think that on the other side of those hills is a high school, with high fences and bars on windows and toilet stalls without doors and broken mirrors, and hundreds of lockers throughout the campus, but no one can use them.

Today I ventured up Moonstone, and then to Onyx and it turns out that Rose Hills has a series of streets named after minerals and other geologically difficult to pronounce words in Spanglish, so all the tias say, “Voy a onxs, y moon.”

At the top of the hill is an altar to La Virgen de Guadalupe. But does that make her La Virgen de Rose Hills or El Sereno?sarcosa sarcosa 2  hills2

Two faces, one tio


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January 2014

A constant fixture on York Boulevard, I call him tio out of respect. Dehydration, maybe a poor night’s rest give him a haggard expression in the top image. He hasn’t shaved and I almost didn’t recognize him, but it might be the light of day illuminating all these details.

Comparing the two images it’s obvious that he’s losing weight, but that could mean anything and I would never want to make an assumption about someone’s health.