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.
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
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)
One afternoon in October I spent an afternoon walking around the Arts Districts. It was a nice day to be out and I had a great time taking photos and looking at murals and different public art found throughout the area.
The Broad is a contemporary museum located in Downtown Los Angeles. A few months ago, I had the chance to visit the museum and see some of their galleries. I did not get to experience Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room, by the time I arrived at the museum there were already over 100 people on the waiting list for Kusama’s installation. I still had a great time taking photos and walking around the museum.