An album of some of the best photographs I had the pleasure of taking at this September 30 event are now located on WTS-LA’s site at http://www.wtsinternational.org/losangeles//46-pioneering-women-tell-their-stories/
<iframe src=”https://player.vimeo.com/video/136328075″ width=”640″ height=”360″ frameborder=”0″ webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe> <p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/136328075″>Fish Harbor IndieGoGo Pitch part 1</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/koopfilms”>Koop</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p> <p>Fish Harbor – Where have all the fish gone?<br /> Nobody knows for sure. Mysterious things have been happening in our oceans. Not one sardine was caught within a 200 mile radius of the Port of Los Angeles during the summer of 2014, beyond the decline of the fishing industry, damage to the food chain is inestimable. For instance, Brown Pelicans rely on sardines as a principle food source, because of their disappearance the pelican population is not laying eggs this nesting season.</p>
Nobody knows for sure. Theories abound, number one among them is over-fishing. Statistics show a sharp decline in the amount of fish caught worldwide starting the late 60′ to early 70’s, yet 50 years later sardines off the coast of Los Angeles disappeared last summer. A sharp decline seems to be related to reproduction issues in certain fish populations. This can be caused by sudden shifts in the environment. Or pollution, or disease. Nobody knows for certain why the fishing boats at Fish Harbor failed to catch a single sardine last summer. Its just a fact of life at Fish Harbor. A union trucking job could be a good bet. Hauling containers, no shortage of them, unless you get locked out the port in a contract dispute like the one currently happening in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
THE NO TELL MOTEL
Ones reporter’s observations and experiences.
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“Seeing Thru the Skin” I’ve been working on a story about Orange County, California, one of the wealthiest in the United States. I was struck by the over preponderance of office buildings with mirrored windows. The majority of these are financial institutions, which raised several questions in my mind such as: What Are they hiding? They can see us but we can’t see them. Combined with being harassed while photographing the buildings by the sheriff and his minions, I decided to spend the last three months there sneaking photographs guerrilla style. I returned the the location of this photograph 3 times to capture the exact moment when the interior lighting matched the exterior allowing me to see both inside the building and the reflections from the mirrored exterior of the building.