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DELICIOUS:

I started off my morning with some coffee from the “Alchemist Coffee Project.”

"Delicious"

EYES ONLY: 

The statue of Salvadorian archbishop, Messenger Oscar Romero, which was completed in November of 2013. This is just one of many works of art that adorns the park.

"Eyes Only"

LOOK UP:

Here, I found an interesting composition of two towering objects. Palm trees and street lights like this one are found throughout the rest of the park.

"Looking Up"

RED:

Many homeless people find refuge in MacArthur Park’s surrounding area. This shopping cart once belonged to an inhabitant of the park but has since been abandoned.

"Red"

ANT POV:

A loaf of bread rests on the cold concrete next to the lake. Around the park, there were tons of animals preying for food.

"Ant POV"

HANDS: 

Minerva, 57, weaves a handkerchief along a sidewalk teeming with street vendors, which many business owners say is a growing cause for concern.

"Hands"

WTF:

This was one of those restaurants I feel like you would see on the internet. Do you want Yogurt Smoothies? What about Chinese food? Fortunately here, you can get both.

"WTF"

SELF REFLECTION:

The water in MacArthur Park’s lake is murky beyond belief, so much so that it reflects images more than it does let light through it.

"Self-Reflection"

ACTION SHOT:

Gabriel, 31, sweeps the lake floor for trash and other items that are making the water dirty. The city’s trash collectors swarm the area everyday around 2pm.

"Action"

ANIMATED GIF:

While walking in MacArthur Park, I noticed that none of the water fountains worked.

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Photography and GIF-Marina Peña

Ant POV: MacArthur Park, located in Westlake in Los Angeles, has a rich history dating back to the nineteenth century. In the 1890s, it was a vacation spot surrounded by luxurious hotels. Later on in the 1980s, it became a hot spot for gang-related violence. The center piece of the park is a lake with a fountain and ducks swimming around.
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Red: At the park I met Armando Romero, a 65-year-old native from Guadalajara, Mexico. He told me that he works in maintenance in Rancho Dominguez, but has been coming to MacArthur Park for the past 45 years “para relajar” (to relax).
Eyes: Romero told me his eyes surely looked tired from the day's work, but to go ahead and take my best shot. He was waiting for his grandson who was playing soccer close by.
Eyes: Romero told me his eyes surely looked tired from the day’s work, but to go ahead and take my best shot. He was waiting for his grandson who was playing soccer close by.
Hands: Romero told me that you can tell how much a man has worked in his life by taking a look at the condition of his hands.
Hands: Romero told me that you can tell how much a man has worked in his life by taking a look at the condition of his hands.
Action: Romero pointed out his 11-year-old grandson Juan Romero to me as he was playing soccer. Romero told me that it was important to have his grandson exercise every day.
Action: Romero pointed out his 11-year-old grandson Juan Romero to me as he was playing soccer. Romero told me that it was important to have his grandson exercise every day.
WTF: As I looked around where Romero was sitting, I saw this Clocktower monument with four surrounding balls. Both Romero and I didn't know what to think of the piece. Later, I found out the piece is by artist George Herms, who is known for making assemblages out of rusty and discarded objects.
WTF: As I looked around where Romero was sitting, I saw this Clocktower monument with four surrounding balls. Both Romero and I didn’t know what to think of the piece. Later, I found out the piece is by artist George Herms, who is known for making assemblages out of rusty and discarded objects.
Delicious: Romero told me that his favorite restaurant was a traditional Honduran restaurant named Bibi's Cafe, which was right across from MacArthur Park. His favorite dish is baleadas (featured here), which is composed of a flour tortilla with meat inside.
Delicious: Romero told me that his favorite restaurant in the area is a traditional Honduran restaurant named Bibi’s Cafe, which was right across from MacArthur Park. His favorite dish is baleadas (featured here), which is composed of a flour tortilla with meat inside.
Delicious: Another one of Romero's favorites from Bibi's Cafe: pescado frito.
Delicious: Another one of Romero’s favorites from Bibi’s Cafe: pescado frito.
Ant POV: The ducks at the lake of MacArthur Park were the uniting factor for the the people that were there. They were all partaking in feeding the ducks when I arrived and when I left.
Ant POV: Throughout my conversation with Romero, I observed that the ducks at the lake of MacArthur Park were the uniting factor for the the people that were there. They were all partaking in feeding the ducks when I arrived and when I left.
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GIF: These ducks are called mallards and they mostly feed on plants on the water’s surface. Throughout my entire visit to MacArthur Park, kids and adults were feeding the ducks. They were as much a part of the community as the people. The ducks united the people around a single activity: feeding them. I thought it was neat to see the camaraderie the ducks brought. They are essential to MacArthur Park’s aesthetic.

Westlake Photo Bingo and GIF

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ACTION: Orlando Gravely catches some air while skating in Lafayette Park. Gravely is just one of the many skaters of all ages gathered in the park on a busy afternoon.

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WTF: Shoes dangle from the telephone line running over Lafayette Park in Westlake.

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LOOKING UP: Blue skies shine into the courtyard of the Granada Buildings in Westlake. The complex was built in 1927 and currently houses several non-profit organizations.

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BLUE: A graffitied image of a camera marks a building’s blue wall near Lafayette Park. This is just one of many instances of graffiti seen around Westlake.

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DELICIOUS: Mama’s Hot Tamales Cafe serves up tamales and other authentic Latin American cuisine to residents and visitors of Westlake.

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ANT POV: An abandoned lighter lays on the ground in MacArthur Park. Despite the litter, residents of the area still come to the park to play soccer and enjoy the playground facilities.

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GIF: Festival goers gather in MacArthur Park to commemorate the independence of several Central American countries. The heavily Latino community celebrates with food, music and dancing.

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HANDS: Westlake residents put their hands to their hearts to honor the national anthem of the United States at a festival in MacArthur Park celebrating Central American independence.

Photo Bingo + GIF Assignment

A Day at the 34th Annual Central American Independence Day Festival located near MacArthur Park.

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As we walked through the fair with our large cameras, the man in charge of operating this carnival ride offered to let us ride for free. The ever fearless Rachel was the only one with the courage to accept- resulting in this beautiful gif. Not pictured- Rachel screaming in terror as the ride started to swing upside down.   [CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO VIEW THE GIF]

Hailey Tucker Photo Bingo

Ant POV- A view from Vista Hermosa Park reveals the city skyline.
Ant POV- A view from Vista Hermosa Park reveals the city skyline.

 

Looking up- Carved into a tree in Vista Hermosa are the initials of couples who have spent time in the park.
Looking up- Carved into a tree in Vista Hermosa are the initials of couples who have spent time in the park.

 

Fashion- A group of students from UCLA got dressed up for the trek to the city park.
Fashion- A group of students from UCLA got dressed up for the trek to the city park.

 

Hands- The hands of Steven, a local artist, who debated the fact that Vista Hermosa is in Westlake.
Hands- The hands of Steven, a local artist, who debated the fact that Vista Hermosa is in Westlake.

 

Eyes- "It's ok, you can take my picture, I am an educator."
Eyes- “It’s ok, you can take my picture, I am an educator.”

 

Red- At the intersection of Toluca and Douglas, the park border runs along a sloping hillside of apartments.
Red- At the intersection of Toluca and Douglas, the park border runs along a sloping hillside of apartments.

 

WTF- Just outside Vista Hermosa is La Ofrenda, a mural by Yreina D. Cerrtintez as part of the Neighborhood Pride Program.
WTF- Just outside Vista Hermosa is La Ofrenda, a mural by Yreina D. Cerrtintez as part of the Neighborhood Pride Program.

 

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At Langer’s Deli on the corner of Alvarado and 7th Street, time is frozen. Since it opened in 1947, Langer’s has been offering what has been called the “best pastrami sandwich in the world.” The Original No. 19 is pastrami, cole slaw, Russian dressing and Swiss cheese on double-baked rye bread.

Week 3: Photography By Alexa Palermo

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At Lafayette Park, students from the nearby school come to play a quick game of pick up basketball. (Looking Up)

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The support of a hand helps for the children to be encouraged. (Close up of hands)

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The skateboarders want to EMPHASIZE their love for the park. (Something Blue)

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They skate because it gives them a place to call home and people to look up to. (Action Shot)

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A very welcoming notion of the skatepark written on the trees (WTF)

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The turf field had children playing a pickup game of soccer while their mom watched. (ANT POV)

 

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Soccer is very important to this community as right across the park was a store that specialized in selling soccer gear. (Fashion)

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The children love to play soccer in the park. (GIF)

Rachel Cohrs Photo Bingo and GIF

HANDS: A line cook at El Chero Pupuseria kneaded dough to make authentic Salvadoran corn tortillas, then pressed them onto a grill. The booth was part of the larger 34th annual COFECA Festival celebrating Central American culture.
HANDS: A line cook at El Chero Pupuseria kneaded dough to make authentic Salvadoran corn tortillas, then pressed them onto a grill. The booth was part of the larger 34th annual COFECA Festival celebrating Central American culture.
ANT: A flock of pigeons descended upon the MacArthur Park to eat leftover crumbs. Each time they were disturbed, they rose as a cloud into the air, circled a few times, and landed in a nearby waterfront spot.
ANT: A flock of pigeons descended upon the MacArthur Park to eat leftover crumbs. Each time they were disturbed, the pigeons rose as a cloud into the air, circled a few times, and landed in a nearby spot.
BLUE: An operator of the ride dubbed "The Twister" waited patiently for festival goers to ride. Although COFECA featured small several carnival rides that required ticket purchases to participate, few of them were operating on Saturday morning.
BLUE: An operator of the ride dubbed “The Twister” waited patiently for festival goers to ride. Although COFECA featured small several carnival rides that required ticket purchases to participate, few of them were operating Saturday afternoon.
EYE: Pancho, a five-year-old pony, gnawed on his harness as he prepared to give a ride to one of many enthusiastic children.
EYE: Pancho, a five-year-old pony, gnawed on his harness as he prepared to give a ride to one of many enthusiastic children.
ACTION: Daniel Sobrino performed at the main stage of the COFECA festival. Central American artists performed throughout the day on Saturday.
ACTION: Daniel Sobrino performed at the main stage of the COFECA festival. Central American artists performed throughout the day on Saturday.
LOOKING DOWN: COFECA featured several booths with different challenges attendees could attempt for prizes, including this rubber duck-centered game.
LOOKING DOWN: COFECA featured several booths with different challenges attendees could attempt for prizes, including this rubber duck-centered game.
WTF: A small toy was left on the base of a concrete streetlight on the edge of the MacArthur Park lake. The shark was one of many strange objects strewn in the grass and on benches in the park.
WTF: A small toy shark was left on the base of a concrete streetlight on the edge of the MacArthur Park lake. The shark was one of many strange objects strewn in the grass and on benches in the park.
FASHION: One Guatemalan vendor sold a variety of friendship bracelets, dresses, shoes, and other handmade goods. The goods were made in Guatemala and
FASHION: One Guatemalan vendor sold a variety of friendship bracelets, dresses, shoes, and other handmade goods. The goods were all made in Guatemala. The owners of the shop moved to Los Angeles from Guatemala one month ago.
Four ponies harnessed to a spinning wheel plodded along in a circle on the command of their owners. The ponies were tucked among the game booths and clothing vendors. Each pony had his or her own turn to be comforted by the ride operators before giving rides to piles of small children outside the gates. After all of the ponies had their heads scratched, the owner grinned, turned to the line of anxiously squirming children, and asked "Who's first?" in Spanish.
Four ponies harnessed to a spinning wheel plodded along in a circle at the command of their owners. The pony booth was tucked among sponsors, games and clothing vendors at the COFECA celebration of Central American culture. Each pony had his or her own turn to be comforted by the ride operators before giving rides to piles of small children outside the gates. After all of the ponies had their heads scratched, the owner grinned, turned to the line of anxiously squirming children, and asked, “Who’s first?”

A Visa for a Dream

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LeeRoy Arroyo or simply “Arroyo” is from the Dominican Republic and moved to downtown Los Angeles two years ago. He works several jobs including one as a dishwasher in Little Tokyo’s Urban Seoul but one day hopes to open up his own restaurant. Like many immigrants, Arroyo left the Dominican town of  Constanza and boarded a plane “Looking for a visa for a dream,” he said quoting a song by Dominican singer Juan Luis Guerra.