CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 2012 |
Catching up with Ed Fuentes isn't easy. A running start helps. The 52-year-old Fuentes - I call him the human cyclone - moves so fast on so many fronts in any given day that whiplash is possible: photographer, muralist, blogger, modern-day historian, humorist. He briefly touched down in the Arts District last week. But it wasn't that simple, of course. Like one of the Weather Channel's "storm chasers," I tracked him from where he was interviewing a muralist in East Los Angeles to a site just off Alameda Street in downtown L.A., where he had been hired to shoot publicity stills for a local theater company.
March 18, 2007 |
GOODBYE waxed eyebrows, hello mustache wax? On the runways of the fashion capitals and on the streets of Silver Lake, Venice and Brooklyn, designers and young guns alike are staking out a new frontier: a post-metrosexual ruggedness that's all about woolen vests, chambray shirts, crisp-legged denim and manly man belts. Oh, and sporting the kind of facial hair usually seen on a box of Smith Brothers cough drops. Call it Modern Maverick: Western style rendered as cool rather than as costume.
October 25, 2005 |
Two in a Red Canoe Our Journey Down the Yukon Megan Baldino and Matt Hage Graphic Arts Books: 120 pp., $18.95 * If made into a movie, this true account of a couple's three-month paddle down the Yukon River would be a chick flick. On her first week as a TV news reporter in Alaska, Megan Baldino, an attractive self-described city girl, meets photojournalist and rugged outdoor guy Matt Hage. Dating in Alaska apparently involves rock climbing and cross-country skiing instead of dinner and a movie.
May 5, 2002 |
The very first story in "The Republic of East L.A.," a collection of short fiction by Luis J. Rodriguez, opens with the arresting image of a limousine parked at a curb in Boyle Heights, one of the byways of the barrio that Rodriguez calls "East Los." The limo, a universal symbol of wealth and privilege, is seemingly out of place in a neighborhood that shelters the poor and powerless.
February 15, 2002 |
The gore, sportsmanship and pure daring of bullfighting is captured in fine detail in Francisco de Goya's early 19th century etchings. But the black-and-white prints seem even more vivid displayed against a wall of crimson red, curved like a bullring and stained like the blood of a thousand matadors.
January 31, 2002 |
I've spent many hours playing with photo-editing software--changing colors, adding decorative borders and designing artistic effects. So I had low expectations for Photowow.com, an online photo imaging and printing services company that also restores, enhances, adds special effects and even frames artistic renderings of customers' photographs. The field has become fairly crowded, as increasing numbers of consumers turn to digital cameras and photo-editing software.