Street Wandering: May-June 2015

It's about time I compiled some of my street work from my travels earlier this year. In May, I drove down the Alaska Hwy to take a seasonal National Park Service job outside Yosemite in California. On the way, I took a few photos along the highways and in the cities, but it wasn't until my job was delayed and I spent some time with my great uncle Dan in LA that I really got into street photography. We traveled everywhere from back alleys in industrial areas to rich neighborhoods in Beverly Hills. It was a revelation. It also pushed me outside my comfort zone, which I firmly believe we all need to do now and then.

Most of these shots are candid---with little emphasis on the technical--while I chased fleeting moments in time. And most of them were shot with my little Ricoh GR (see self portrait, above). I'd like to try this type of photography again, as my first go at it was a big learning experience. Alas, it's hard to do in rural Alaska--but I can hardly complain--there are plenty of other photo opportunities here.

I hope you enjoy this set. Actually, "enjoy" might not be the right word for it. I hope you are moved in some way.

 --SB

Note: I've added a part II. Check it out!

Whitehorse, YT. May 2015.

Seattle. May 2015.

Seattle. June 2015.

Downtown LA. June 2015.

An old weightlifter at Muscle Beach. Venice, CA. June 2015.

Cristal Marin, lead vocalist for Radio Therapy. Santa Ana block party. June 2015.

Downtown LA. June 2015.

Downtown LA. June 2015.

Santa Ana block party. June 2015.

Downtown LA. June 2015.

LA. June 2015.

Downtown LA. June 2015.

Beverly Hills, CA. June 2015.

Downtown LA. June 2015.

Downtown LA. June 2015.

Downtown LA. June 2015.

Beverly Hills. June 2015.

LA Fashion District. June 2015.

Downtown LA. June 2015.

Grand Central Market. Downtown LA. June 2015.

Beverly Hills. June 2015.

Downtown LA. June 2015.

Downtown LA. June 2015.

Highrise skyline. LA. June 2015.

Actor and bassoonist Rudolph Porter. Downtown LA Starbucks. June 2015.

Finally, here is one in color to end the set:

Newport Beach. June 2015.


All photos Copyright 2015 Shawn Biessel.