El Nopal


Here is a cultural piece on one of the locals from the Echo Park area.

Honoring his Mexican Heritage with an image of the nopal.

The most common culinary species is the Indian fig opuntia (O. ficus-indica). Most culinary uses of the term “prickly pear” refer to this species. Prickly pears are also known as tuna (fruit), sabra (the Hebrew name), nopal (paddle, plural nopales) from the Nahuatl word nōpalli for the pads, or nostle, from the Nahuatl word nōchtli for the fruit; or paddle cactus.

The genus is named for the Ancient Greek city of Opus, where, according to Theophrastus, an edible plant grew which could be propagated by rooting its leaves.[1]

‘Masterclass’ on Filmmaking w/ Alfred Hitchcock

I have always had a profound fascination to great film making and I actively pursue the opportunity to study the masters of this craft. Whether it is the writing, shooting, scoring or acting.
There have been so many instances where I have walked away from a film changed or psychologically infused by a creative energy. So whenever I come across an actual interview or footage from any of these categories I completely submerse myself into what is being discussed in order to extract what I can apply to my life or what I am creating. So here is one that I wanted to share with you in the hopes that by sharing we may universally preserve the quality and mastery that is necessary in the film industry today.



Henri Cartier-Bresson (August 22, 1908 – August 3, 2004)

was a French photographer and the father of photojournalism. He was an early adopter of 35mm format, and the master of candid photography. He helped develop the street photography or life reportage style that was coined the “The Decisive Moment” that has influenced generations.

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It’s been a crazy day thinking about the news that came in. Thinking about life and how quick it moves at times…

This is a photo from the last time we kicked it. Seems just like yesterday I was taking him to go get some Mexican Food in the hood & homie ordered way to much hot sauce. HaHa! Real Humble Dude and Very Respectful.

You will be Missed Bruh Bruh!

Steven “A$AP YAMS” Rodriguez

1988 -2015



I know I’ve been holding back on you guys and I’m making a commitment to start giving you more of a behind the scenes to my art and by this I mean my study sketches, lettering samples, a form of tattoo shop watercolor “art pieces” & photography. Thank you for your continued feed back and support.



I Went out the other night to experiment with some long-exposure photography in the heart of the city and to prepare for a series that I have been conceptualizing . I’m not sure if I’m going to post each piece into the social realm, upload the entire series on here or make a limited run of  signed/numbered prints, the one thing I do know is that the process and quality is all I can really focus on at the moment. If you like some of the recent visual work that I have been posting or are just interested to see what I’ve been up to please check back on here or whatever social media outlet keeps you connected for the latest.


MIT Offers Documentary Photography & Photojournalism Course for Free Online ! !

It’s not unusual for colleges with large open-source programs to put out a number of courses free for the world to browse through online. In the past we’ve featured courses from both MIT and Stanford.

Today, we have a new course from MIT. Taught in the Spring semester of 2009, this course came a full two years later than the original MIT course we shared and is packed full of useful information for anybody interested in photojournalism.

Published through MIT’s Open Courseware project, Prof. B. D. Colen’s Documentary Photography and Photojournalism: Still Images of a World in Motion course gives you a chance to benefit from a photography course given at the storied Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

With syllabus, readings, assignments, image gallery and course material downloads available, the class has everything you need to walk yourself through the world of documentary photography and photojournalism one step at a time.

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DSCF4024It went down the other night at the Homie Ninja’s 40th BDay party…

Shit is a little blurry but here are a couple flicks just to give you an idea. I also got some dope footage of all of us in the mosh pit to RageAgainstTheMachine-“Killing in the Name”.  Thanks to LA Angel for jumping behind the lens & capturing the moment. Continue reading




I just embarked on my very first Visual Art effort: an extremely limited and lengthy process with my friend James Georgopoulos, which I am real excited about as all of my background training has come from the “hands on” method. When I first met James and saw his work, I didn’t realize how intensive and calculated each piece was and an ignorant assumption on my behalf which I think many people that come across his work experience. More so in this day in age of digital photography low quality digital printing trying to be passed off as “Fine Art”. We have bloggers, instagramers over saturating everything from hard drives to corneas on a global scale. On the flip side we have..

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I just came across this featurette and love to geek out on material that goes into the inspiration and back story of great projects like Under the Skin. I actually had the chance to see this picture on a large format and the thing that stuck with me the most was the way every shot was framed and the absence of dialogue that managed to draw me further into the film. I’m already a fan of cinematic and cryptic films so I never pass on the  chance to hear about the cameras, lenses used, the locations and what it felt like doing the work.

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After lobbying by directors including Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, and J.J. Abrams, movie studios are negotiating a deal with Kodak that would secure the company’s ability to keep producing motion picture film. The Wall Street Journal reports that the agreement is likely to see studios commit to buying from Kodak in set quantities for upcoming years regardless of their plans to actually shoot movies in the format. Kodak is now the sole major provider of movie film following Fujifilm’s exit from the market in 2013.

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At Monotype’s “Pencil to Pixel” pop-up exhibition in New York City last month, 3,400 students and professions learned about the history of typography. Artifacts demonstrated how metal type was historically designed, made, specified by designers, and set by typesetting companies — and translated into today’s font menus for individual users.

“The lesson from an exhibition like this is that the design of a typeface can outlast the moment that produces it, and that a good design can evolve to meet the needs of technology without losing its essential spirit,” said Dan Rhatigan, Monotype’s UK type director. “Lots of younger designers who came through seemed really eager to see the background of the typefaces they already know, and the exhibit helped them appreciate why we’re still trying to improve the technology behind those designs,” he added.

Here are close-ups of some of the artifacts that were on display as well as some typography history:

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