"I was out shooting street life in downtown Los Angeles and came across this interesting man walking with confidence and had to take his photograph," Thornton said of this photograph. "The gentleman was so cool; and after I took his photo, I just made eye contact and nodded, he did the the same and I kept walking."
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay G. ThorntonLink
A peacock struts at the L.A. County Arboretum and Botanic Garden.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Cindi KauffmanLink
Protesters at a rally in Pershing Square denounce the killing in Florida of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Chris BacarellaLink
This "happy double exposure accident" was created with an image of an old Chevy at 4th and Rose and skaters at the Venice Beach park.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Armin AdamsLink
A woman carries a bunch of balloons with McDonald's logos after the Chinese New Year's parade in L.A.'s Chinatown on Jan. 28.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Delio LeonLink
A Metro Red Line train arrives at the Hollywood/Highland station.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bobby GibbonsLink
A bicyclist demonstrates some MonkeyLectric lights in Venice Beach.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Greg KeatingLink
A man stands at a corner on Market Street in Venice. "The homeless person stood still for a long time, like he was waiting for something to happen," Cuenin said of his subject.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Eric CueninLink
An abandoned gas station near Yermo, near Barstow. "It's part of an ongoing project documenting these sad, but strangely beautiful, old relics," Hancock said.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Toby HancockLink
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One of the most striking images of this month is Jay Thornton’s street portrait of a man walking in downtown L.A. Thornton’s approach – approaching strangers and popping a flash in their faces with nary a warning – requires a lot of guts to pull off in the middle of an area like downtown L.A. What’s even more interesting is the man’s reaction: “After I took his photo, I just made eye contact and nodded, he did the same and I kept walking.”
Street photography has always been one of my favorites, both for the minimal amount of control you can exercise over the scenes but also because of the sheer unpredictability of it. Thornton’s experience is an example of the great moments possible in street photography.
Other great images this month include a scene from a rally denouncing the killing in Florida of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and a double-exposure “accident” created by using two scenes from Venice.
The days are finally getting longer, which means more daylight hours for shooting, and the “golden hour” is starting to fall at right around the end of the workday. While you’re out enjoying the longer hours, be sure to swing by the Los Angeles Times Framework pop-up gallery at the Downtown L.A. Art Walk this Thursday, April 12. Music, photography, and complimentary Ketel One tasting with RSVP. It’s going to be big.
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