I’m back from LA -one of my favorite places. Actually I’m back from both San Diego and LA. I went to SD to photograph a great artist named Michael “Monstro” Amorillo. He’s currently working on a children’s book about a sea monster who can’t swim. I’ll post some images of Michael in a future post.
Los Angeles was the main destination. And the main reason for the trip was to train BJJ at 10th Planet. The vibe there is so cool, and the head instructor, Eddie Bravo, is the closest thing to a rock star that you’ll find on a jiu jitsu mat. I always feel like I’m home when I’m training there. I put my daughter into classes at the Gracie Academy in Torrance. The quality of instruction there is second to none and she really feels comfortable there. I wish we had a kids jiu jitsu program of that quality here in NYC. I might just have to start my own…
We also made a stop at the Leica gallery. Nots sure why. I own 2 of their bodies and several lenses. Not much left for me to buy from them at this point. But there is that Monochrom -an $8,000 camera that shoots black and white only. My wife was looking at an exhibit of black and white portraits shot with shallow depth of field. She asked why I never shot her that way. I told her, I don’t own a Monochrom and maybe she should get me one 😉
Knowing that wasn’t likely to happen, I asked to borrow the camera from the gallery for a few minutes. I created the B&W shots you see here a few minutes later.