I took pictures.
I hadn't gone to downtown for almost a full-on year before that, so I decided to head back there and shoot some pictures and meet people.
The thing about street photography, which makes it so great yet so tough, is that it truly involves emotions. It has such a beautiful side to it when the emotions are beautiful, but when the emotions themselves aren't as good, the experience will follow.
I always find it funny how people whom you face your camera to try to avoid it, but those whom you never intended to shoot tend to want a picture of themselves. I don't think it's a personality type. I just think it's the way you approach them.
I usually wear a lot of black and I move quickly. I don't talk. People tend to not stare at you, and instead they ignore you and not notice whatever you're doing. There's nothing better than that!
I love noticing the needy taking care of the more needy. It's the basic right of a human being to live and breathe positively.
I love Los Angeles. I really do. There are so many different types and races of people here, that you start to not notice race anymore. I've always believed in equality, but practice isn't as easy because every now and then you catch yourself being a little racist (most of the time to your own race). But L.A. makes things much better and I'm thankful for being here.
The Mayor of Los Angeles, Mr. Antonio Villaraigosa, was a great mayor, doing a lot in the 8 years he was in office, and I was most fortunate to see him live speaking of a cause very dear to me: the Armenian Genocide recognition, in Montebello, CA on April 24th, 2013. I hope our new mayor follows Mr. Villaraigosa's footsteps.
All in all, this is Los Angeles, and I love it.