Recently I was in downtown Los Angeles scouting for the "Wandering in the Company of Strangers" workshop that I conduct along with Emilio Banuelos. It's been a while since I wandered the in and outs of this part of LA and it was like falling in love all over again.
Though most of my work has focused on Broadway, I ventured out and explored Spring and Hill and Olive and discovered an amazing collection of eye candy for the photographer. Not the least of which was the quality of the light. Most of Los Angeles is very flat, and this is one of the few parts of town where you get the benefit of shafts of light passing through tall buildings and spot lighting bits of street. The newer glass and steel buildings often serve as reflectors illuminating much older buildings or street scenes with a gorgeous quality of light.
I saw this fellow (above) while I was crossing the street. He was illuminated by the reflection of light of a tall building across from him. We said nothing to each other as I made a series of images of him. I'm looking forward to seeing what the other photographers at the workshop produce themselves.
Editor Notes: Professional photographer Ibarionex Perello teaches several online photo courses, including The Pursuit of Light and Portrait Photography Using Available Light. Also, the BetterPhoto photography school offers online photo workshops devoted to street photography and people photography.