2017 | Obon Festival

A few weeks ago, the Nishihongwanji Temple had their annual Obon Festival. The farmer’s market had low-priced fresh fruits and vegetables. The food stalls offered delicious food and icy cold drinks perfect for a hot day. LA Taiko Ichiza also did an amazing performance. At the end of the day, everyone gathered at the temple’s back lot for the Bon Odori (a dance to honor one’s ancestors).

All photos taken with a Leica M6/Summicron 50/2 on Film Ferrania P30 Alpha. Film processed and scanned by The Darkroom lab. 

 

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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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2017 | Saturday Morning Walk 01

These photos were taken during an after-work walk while looking for a place that serves breakfast.

All photos taken with a Fuji GS645S on Arista EDU Ultra 100

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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 | December Neighborhood Walk

One of the things I most enjoy doing on a Saturday morning is a walk around the neighborhood. I usually carry a camera with me and take snapshots of some of the changes I noticed around the area.

Here are the December highlights:

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All photos were taken with a Voigtlander Bessa-L/Voigtlander Heliar 15/4.5 on Arista Premium 400

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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