2017 | An afternoon at Marina del Rey

We had a late lunch and went on a relaxing stroll on the harbor front. It was a great way to end the weekend.

All photos taken with a Leica M6/Leica Summicron 50/2 on Perutz Primera Color 200 (expired)

Here are my favorites:

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2017 | Saturday Walk #02

The Fuji GS645S is becoming my favorite camera for my walks. I get 14 or 15 shots per roll, which allows me to finish the roll on the same day and forces me to think carefully before clicking the shutter.

All photos taken with Fuji GS645S on Arista EDU Ultra 100 (expired)

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Little Tokyo 03

A few snaps taken during the walk back to the parking lot after the Obon Festival.

All photos taken with Voigtlander Bessa R4M with a Voigtlander Color-Skopar 21/4 on Ilford HP5+ pushed to 1600

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2017 | Little Tokyo 02

After months of waiting, the Ferrania P30 Alpha that I ordered finally arrived. I shot my first roll during the Obon Festival at Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple. On a hot Sunday afternoon, I headed out to Little Tokyo and made it a point to park my car a few blocks away from the venue. It gave me an opportunity to do a bit of photowalk on a section of Little Tokyo I usually don't venture to.

All photos taken with a Leica M6/Summicron 50 on Ferrania P30 Alpha. Film processed and scanned by The Darkroom.

Here's a few of my favorites:

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2017 | Little Tokyo 01

A few weeks ago, we went for a walking tour of Little Tokyo and our guide was Dr. T. He talked about the area's rich history and some of changes that happened in the neighborhood over the years. We made several stops along the way, and were given access to one of the oldest existing Buddhist temple in North America, Koyasan Buddhist Temple.

Here's a bit of information about Little Tokyo:
Before WWII, Little Tokyo was the largest Japanese community in the United States. In 1942, there were approximately 35,000 residents in the area. The relocation and incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII left Little Tokyo virtually empty. With labor shortage during WWII, many African-Americans from the Southeast and Midwest came to fill-in wartime jobs and moved into the vacated properties. From 1942 to 1945, Little Tokyo was known as Bronzeville, a vibrant neighborhood with restaurants, stores, and jazz clubs.

All photos taken with a Leica M6/Summicron 50 on JCH Streetpan 400

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Heritage Square Museum

These photos were from a roll of film that sat in my freezer for over two years. I finally got around to mix up the Unicolor C-41 kit that I bought a year ago and process a few rolls of film.

The Heritage Square Museum is home to Victorian era buildings that were saved from demolition. 

All photos were taken with an Olympus XA and expired Kodak Hawkeye Surveillance film

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2016 | Guillermo del Toro Exhibit at the LACMA

A few months ago, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art held the Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters exhibition. The items on display included his notebooks, drawings, paintings, film stills, and maquettes. The exhibit ran for a few months, but I only went to see it on its last day. It was crowded but was still fun. I spent about 90 minutes going around the exhibition floor, exploring the the different themes (e.g. death and afterlife, magic, monsters) and learning about del Toro’s inspirations and creative process.

All photos were taken with a Leica M6 /Canon LTM 50/1.4  on Arista Premium 400 (pushed to 1600)

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