Down, down, down we go. / by Phu Qui Nguyen

Yesterday Camilo messaged me to go shoot film.  It's always nice to unwind and refresh after a long week.   What better place to relax than a stroll in the city A.M.  I woke up bright and early to head out around Alameda and Union Station.  Bright, it was not one bit.  Expecting it to be a scorching sunny summer day, as every week day was, the sky betrayed us with overcast shadows all morning.  

For a Saturday morning, it was quiet in many spots.  Only in Chinatown did markets start up and street deals were already being made.  A mix of Vietnamese, Mandarin and English were being thrown along with bak choy and squash.  Afterwards, we headed down to Little Tokyo, but it was eerily quiet compared to other times.  Then we noticed it was Anime Expo weekend!  People were dressed up as their favorite characters and it was interesting.  I try not shoot events, not that I don't want to, but I like leaving that to the professionals!  I snapped a couple passer bys.  

One thing I've been practicing is less can be more.  I get to know people better before trying to just take their pictures.  I went through about 24 shots in 5 hours with most of the time to explore and interact with people.  It's nice not thinking you have to take a picture.

And by then, time was up and I had  to head out.  On the way, I stopped at this little cafe nook called Jist (116 Judge John Aiso St, Los Angeles, CA 90012),  I was surprised there was a coffee shop there.  I had a Stumptown iced coffee and it was definitely worth it, but who doesn't like Stumptown?!   

Mexico to China to Japan, Los Angeles, c/o Google Maps, July 2016

Mexico to China to Japan, Los Angeles, c/o Google Maps, July 2016

I'm starting to develop my own film so I'll have film scans up soon!  

Film Inverted, Shot with RIcoh GR II, July 2016

Film Inverted, Shot with RIcoh GR II, July 2016