Pictures from my new house
The Hood Series Additions.
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I Am Every Man Project: Painted Dashiki
The latest working addition to my I am every man project
The Hood Series Continues
(top) Former Cite of Hyde Park Library, Abandoned in 2006 for the newly built structure on Florence Ave and Van Ness Ave. This Property has sat here destitute ever since…. Currently a homeless member of our community uses the location as her shelter.
(Bottom) Former Cite of Jacks Chili Bowl (research yet to be done) and recent former location of Earl’s Grill restaurant. The building has recently been boarded up and gated off by MTALA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority of Los Angeles) and was abandoned mid-2013 when metro bought the plaza property from the owner. The word on the street is that metro plans to build expensive apartment buildings and bring more retailers to the area effectively gentrifying the area for the new coming train to run down Crenshaw Blvd. All of the business in this plaza have closed (that is a laundry mat, donut shop, a flower shop, another, older burger restaurant, and a small muslim school. Many of the workers in these shops weren’t aware of the closing till the week of, a woman who worked at the laundry mat stood at the door talking to Organizers Channing L Martinez, and Aracely Barboza. We asked what she fought about the closing and the gentrification, She responded saying that it was ok, people can find laundry mats close by elsewhere. It was then that i realized many people in my community have no idea the dept that this gentrification will have.
I’m not sure why this image excites me, but it does.. I think maybe its the perception, the way the image makes the viewer focus on something other than what “should be in focus”…. anyways I took it and just sat and looked at it in aww for 2 mins right after.
Pictures from my hike in Kenneth Hahn Park today
Photography for collage by Channing L Martinez, Richard Avedon
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