street photography

Metro Night Ride by Mike Daclan

So my buddy Q asked me if I was interested in joining him, his girlfriend, his daughter and his cousin on a journey on the metro.  His girlfriend needed to figure out which route to take to get to her evening college classes.  It was just a simple evening ride but looking back on these photos there were so many that I love from this set.  

Over the course of the evening we met a woman proud of her beautiful earrings despite having matter hair from her hair net after a long day of work, a fight breaking out in which one man swung a metal sign at the other, and solitude at many stops.  People riding together but being alone.  

The metro was and I suppose always will be an interesting cross section of the local population.  The sights (and smells) tend to linger in your mind for a good period of time even after you reach your destination.

Consistency by Mike Daclan

So much for that huh?  

There's been a lot going on and many changes have taken place since my last update.  I'm happy to say that they have been for the better.  The most significant change was moving from a job that caused me heartache, stress and pain to one of positivity and HAPPINESS.  I think that this change will also help fuel my drive to be more active here as I feel the fire begin to burn and inspire.  

Despite my lack of updates here, I actually have been somewhat active shooting.  Over the course of the next few weeks I will be adding in photos from recent street sessions, model sessions and random day/night documents.

For this first update, I'm moving through some street photography I shot back in August.  It was a nice cool day with a little bit of cloud cover.  It made for a nice cool day of walking around and I tried to match the tone with the feel of the day.  Overall I think it came out well and I'm very happy with the results.  

I started off the day at a nice little scenic park which overlooks downtown.  I've seen it in a few other photos and wanted to explore it myself.  Unfortunately it was a bit too crowded when I got there so I didn't spend much time.  I will definitely be heading back and would love to schedule some shoots there.  Afterwards I decided to head to Santee Alley.  It was a crowded day there but unlike the park, this was exactly what I was looking for.  I needed to get back into walking through a vibrant crowd and feel the energy of the crowd as it moved from shop to shop.  Despite having done this many times before, I still felt a bit timid as I began to weave through the crowd but as time passed, all the familiar instincts kicked in once more.

The photography day wound down as a light sprinkle began to move into the area.  With the crowd dispersing I headed back to my car and went home to edit (but not upload!) the photos.  Flash forward three months and here you go!


New Year New Post New Photos by Mike Daclan

My last post was back in October of 2013.  This is completely unacceptable.  Updates need to happen more frequently and with some consistency.  I've always wanted a place to share my photos so why not use this resource that's been available the whole time?  

Reflection of Religion

Although I have been taking a lot of pictures since my last update, they often wind up on my Flickr page with little to no fanfare to those I really want to see the images.  It becomes an archive in a gallery way off the main street that not a lot of people actually see.  Only those that are down that alley for a purpose end up seeing these photos. 

Mask.  Flammable.

Over the next few weeks I'm going to be catching up on my backlog of photos and posting and sharing here along with some stories about particular photos.  I've made it a resolution that over the new year I'm going to be more active in my photography.  Both in taking pictures and making sure that this blog/site gets updated with more images.  

Golden State.

These latest images are from early October when my friend Cliff came into town.  He's a great photographer and was here in Los Angeles for a few jobs.  While in town we spent a morning/afternoon walking through downtown Los Angeles and Old Town Pasadena.  Going out for a photo walk by yourself is always a great experience but going out with a friend, and one who hasn't gone street shooting in your city is an even greater experience.  You get a different perspective with fresh eyes looking at the city and you can both approach the same shot in different ways.  If you ever get a chance to meet up with someone from out of town for a photo walk I highly recommend it!

Grooming

Hope everyone has a great 2014 and cheers to a photo filled year!