Yesterday I headed up to Los Angeles City Hall to take care of some business needs and took the opportunity to photograph the Wall Street Protest. With the Sony NEX in hand I captured some of the passionate demonstrators and signs that filled the city hall grounds. It was an eye-opening experience that I was privileged to witness. I felt as if I was transported back to the 60’s for the hour that I was there, minus the tie dye). I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves….
Anyone tired of the whole street art phenomenon? Well, I’m not. It’s cool to head out for an early morning walk with the dogs and my wife only to see a freshly painted Shepard Fairey on a nearby building. It’s always the same response… “When did he do that? It wasn’t there when we were out last night was it? I swear that’s new.”. Graffiti has certainly taken on a new form in the last ten years compared to what it once was back in the eighties. But wether it’s a political statement or someone just writing their name, the one thing that ties them all together is the artist’s self-expression. As well as their willingness to go out on a limb to do it. Is it legal? No. But I’m not here to judge. And I’m certainly not going to get into the whole copyright issue. My goal here is to give others a glimpse into what I see visually on a day to day basis… like it or not. And if you’re in the area, be sure to check out the Art In The Streets gallery exhibit at MOCA. It’s unbelievable. And if you’re lucky like I was, you may even be able to rub shoulders with Flea while viewing the art. I’ll be sure to post more as they crop up. Cheers.
*All images © Copyright 2011 Scott Witter Photography
Welcome to the new and improved, official blog of Scott Witter Photography. There is a Light is borrowed from one of my favorite songs “There is a light that will never go out” by The Smiths. I had it tattooed on my forearm just last year by Dan Smith of the band The Dear & Departed at High Voltage Tattoos. It seemed a fitting title for my photography blog. What can you expect in this new version? Well, a lot. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2009 a new world has opened up for me… and I want to share the journey with you. From my assignment and personal shoots, the music scene and shows I attend, hole in the wall places to dine, hiking in Griffith Park, the Hollywood freaks and farmer’s market, downtown street art, to… well… just plain LA living! I want to bring it to you with my own personal vision, the same way I approach my photography.
Some call it La La Land… but I can now call it home. Your comments are welcome and I hope you stay tuned for an amazing ride. Let’s do this!
*Note: Blog posts before this published date are from my recent blog. Check them out too!