What’s Great About Posing With a Big Book?

13 Apr

I will embark on a photo project that I hope to complete by this summer and I’m looking for a few female models in the LA/OC area between the ages of 18-30. To sum it all up, it involves three things: a park or beach, the novel “Ulysses” by James Joyce and sunshine. If you like two out of the three things or all three, then we can probably work together.

THIS PHOTOSHOOT WILL HAVE NO NUDITY since it will be in a public place and it’s as tasteful as it’s going to get. Since this project will involve no pay (apart from possibly one or two drinks if you’re 21 and older), it’s only great for those looking to get their foot in the door. If you’re interested, please contact me at edfcarrasco [at] gmail [dot] com for more details.

Some of my portraits/examples are below:

BEATMO + Love Grenades at Commonwealth, April 11, 2011

13 Apr

A couple of nights ago, after doing my monthly job of covering local government for a certain website in an undisclosed suburb southeast of Los Angeles, I headed straight to the Commonwealth Lounge in Downtown Fullerton. Why? To see Love Grenades. I had the pleasure of seeing the band open for Little Boots a couple of years back and I am enamored with the band’s flirty, sexy composition. Love Grenades has three things going for them: they’re sexy, they’re confident and they’re mighty talented. To pull off a sound reminiscent to ’60s girl groups in today’s overproduced, autotuned music industry is a great feat!

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Before Love Grenades did her set, local heroes BEATMO (most of the band went to La Habra High) shined the audience with all their raw energy. While I’m trying my best to avoid comparisons, I have to say that BEATMO has some Yeah Yeah Yeahs elements…at least that’s what some of the band members that I talked to last night told me. They were right. Alexis (the lead singer) exhibited quite an energetic performance moving up and about throughout. This band deserves some love!

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More pics from their gig are here.

Keep it posted here for last night’s photos and some darn good bands!

Paulie Pesh at the Continental Room

10 Apr

Last month, I had the pleasure to check out Paulie Pesh, which is this large Indie-ish ensemble. If you name an instrument, the band probably has it. Violins, trumpets, horns–it all meshes into some sweet rocking sound. Here’s hoping I will cover this lovely band in the future. If you haven’t downloaded their latest EP “Post Mortem,” check out this link.

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4 Months and Not Counting…

10 Apr

My fellow readers,

I haven’t blogged in so long. Perhaps it’s because I’ve had a near-busy schedule. That said, here’s what I’ve been doing for the last four months:

  • I currently freelance for three publications: Patch.com (Cerritos-Artesia and Mar Vista), Orange Coast Magazine, and Complex.com. Some of my articles are in the newly-updated “Selected Portfolio” section.
  • Did I mention I was in Seattle? Check this awesome photo I took of the Space Needle after this post. It was literally a few blocks from where I was staying in Belltown/Denny Regrade.
  • I’m still photographing the Fullerton nightlife. Check out my Flickr site for details.
  • Find me on Yelp and Foursquare.
  • Always looking for a publication to write for. Editors: If you haven’t looked at my LinkedIn account, you’re missing out!

So there you have it. Expect more stuff from me soon.

 

 

Fun With External Flash

16 Jan

Tonight, I’ll be at the Continental Room in Downtown Fullerton to check out some bands (if they let me in). But for now, enjoy some pics from last night’s walkabout in Downtown Fullerton. If you ever need a photographer for an event or club night, just send me an e-mail through the contact page.

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More photos are on my Flickr page and through this link.

The Story So Far…Early 2011 Edition

9 Jan

I guess you must be wondering what I’ve been up to these days since my last blog post in September. Well, I’m technically out of the unemployment category and I’m a freelance writer and photographer. The last three months, I have been quite incognito in the blog as I was a listings collector for Patch, a hyperlocal platform covering many communities throughout the United States. I can’t really be blogging and inadvertently spilling trade secrets at the same time.  As for articles, most of my work has been published through Patch and Orange Coast magazine. Most of the editors so far have been very good to work with, and I’m hoping to be doing more work for these publications (and more) in the future.

If you’ve enjoyed my photos last summer, prepare for more nightlife photos in the coming weeks. I’ll be getting my first external flash, so expect better pictures and more interesting characters that will haunt this periphery. In addition to nightlife/event photos, I’ll be showcasing some of my artistic photography here and maybe a new website will be in the works.

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On Gabrielle Giffords

9 Jan

I never imagined that the first post from my nearly four month hiatus would be about a tragedy.

You’d have to live under a rock or in a foreign country to not know that an apparently deranged twentysomething gunman shot U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords and killed six others, including a judge and a nine-year-old girl who went to Rep. Giffords’ event to understand how government works. Initial reports and speculation (I myself admit to getting caught up in this) pointed fingers at the right-wing reaction and that figures like Sarah Palin were to blame for provoking such attacks because of their references to violent political reaction, especially with posters like these.

Turns out later that the alleged gunman, 22-year-old Jared Loughner, has a history of provocation and bizarre behavior, and that the Tea Party movement apparently had nothing to do with his condition. It is still unclear what his political beliefs are, but Sarah Palin had nothing to do with it.

While some of the truth has been revealed, it is increasingly clear that violent imagery has no place in politics, no matter the political ideology. Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Keith Olbermann, et al should not be held directly responsible for their incendiary words, but in light of this, it is clear that the best thing they could do at the moment is tone down the rhetoric. We may have a lot to disagree on, but it doesn’t mean we wish any harm on other people.

Most of all, the important thing at the moment is not wondering if the right-wing and the left-wing had anything to do with the culture of violence, but rather that the community (and the United States as a whole) has lost six souls and many others, including Rep. Giffords, injured. My condolences to the lives lost and I hope that the injured–especially Rep. Giffords–will have a speedy recovery.

Julian Collender’s Family Confronts Yorba Linda City Council, Brea Police

22 Sep

Protesters in the officer-involved shooting death of Julian Collender by the Brea Police Department packed a Yorba Linda City Council meeting tonight with signs and their strong opinions about why the investigation has not produced answers.

Dozens of people attended the highly-contentious meeting, which lasted more than three hours because of a stream of people wanting to make public comment and a closed-session meeting of the City Council.

“My brother’s shooter is a murderer,” said Michele Collender, Julian’s sister, who condemned Mayor John Anderson’s absence from public comment due to his claims of a conflict of interest because of his role as an assistant district attorney. “How about taking off the person who killed Julian off the streets? Either he has no idea what’s going on or he’s lying.”

She called for transparency in the police department and demanded that those responsible for her brother’s death be held accountable for their actions.

Julian Collender, 25, was shot to death in front of his home by Brea police officers in June after a call of an armed robbery in which he was considered a suspect. Family and friends allege that the police shot Collender to death with a high-powered rifle.

The Orange County District Attorney and the Brea Police Department are still investigating the matter and the unnamed police officers involved in the shooting only got off with a suspension.

His death had prompted strong anger against the police department, whom they accuse of withholding information under the guise of an investigation. It also left very important questions unanswered: Who were the police officers involved in the shooting and why has it taken nearly three months since the authorities updated the family and the public about the shooting death?

The protesters, led by members of the Collender family, wanted the City Council to press the Brea Police Department, which Yorba Linda contracts its police services, to answer questions as to why the police officers involved have not been named and why these shootings had to happen in the community.

While Michele lashed out at the City Council and the Brea Police Department for their inaction in her brother’s death, some of the other speakers wept on the podium asking how the police would allow this incident to happen in a safe, affluent community.

The loudest anger came from other speakers that followed Michele.

Ron Short, a supporter of the Collender family, accused the city council of tolerating the Brea Police Department’s pace of the investigation and condemned their leadership.

“This is terrible leadership and the blood of that boy is on your hands,” he said. “There’s a better of bringing him down than murdering him.”

The audience gave him a standing ovation after he made that comment.

The loudest condemnation of the City Council and the Brea Police Department came from Julian’s father, Richard, who spoke for several minutes, but his comments were not recorded by the city clerk because Mayor Pro Tem Nancy Rikel adjourned the meeting for a break.

“The cops are dirty as hell and the cops have no goddamn heart,” he said to the City Council, recounting the night of his son’s death. “They kept me in a car while [Julian] was dying, bringing me a picture of my son’s face, telling me he’s dead. That’s who you hire to protect us?”

Richard Collender urged the City Council to place the agenda on the item for the next meeting.

“If you don’t agendaize this item, I have to believe that you don’t give a damn,” he said.

After the adjournment and meeting with the Collender, Mayor Pro Tem Rikel and other council members gave their condolences and asked for patience while the investigation continues. It wasn’t enough for the family, who said that an apology wasn’t enough.

As the City Council meeting adjourned for the night, James Collender, Julian’s brother, lashed out at Brea Police Chief Billy Hutchinson for nodding his head in disapproval of the public comments.

“Don’t you shake your head!” he yelled at the chief, who was mostly silent throughout the meeting except to tell James that he will release the names of the officers when possible. “You shot my brother with an assault rifle!”

His father, Richard, joined him in berating the police chief, repeatedly calling him a “coward” for refusing to confront him and accused a police officer of touching him as he lashed out at the police. The police chief left the City Council chambers without answering the family’s questions and the city council members followed suit afterward.

Richard Collender, father of police-shooting victim Julian Collender, confronts Brea police chief Billy Hutchinson at the close of the Yorba Linda City Council meeting Tuesday.

Richard Collender condemns the Yorba Linda City Council for its inaction in his son's death.

In the end, nothing new came out of the City Council meeting, except that city council member Jan Horton asked her colleagues to draft a letter to the District Attorney to speed up the investigation. The police officers who shot Julian are yet to be named and any information from the investigation has yet to be released. The anger that started with the meeting still resonated amongst the protesters. It is unclear when the District Attorney and the Brea Police will conclude its investigations, but friends and family of Julian Collender want answers now.

…and yet, despite the OC Weekly’s extensive coverage, Matt Coker wasn’t there to follow up on his article on the Justice for Julian’s efforts to confront the Brea Police Department, including Chief Hutchinson.

More about Julian Collender to follow in an upcoming blog post.

Thank You!

17 Aug

As I was checking out my usual blogs today, I found a pleasant surprise. I thank Tina from Read, Play, Love for awarding me with a Versatile Blogger Award. I really appreciate your comments and your wisdom and the fact that you’re from Orange County means we’ll probably meet at some point in the future.

Also, I’d like to thank the many people who read this column (blog) and make insightful comments in the process. I’ll try harder to be more interesting!

So once again:

Justice for Julian Website Now Open

16 Aug

The Justice for Julian website is now open. If you don’t remember, Julian Collender was a 25-year-old man who was shot to death by Brea Police officers in June after a police report led to his home. Unfortunately, I couldn’t make it to the tribute concert on Saturday night as I only found about it yesterday. Hopefully, the website will have more updates on the investigation and/or any tributes.

Keep it here on The Ed Column or the Justice for Julian website for more info on the Julian Collender shooting.