The quote of the day?
"I'll cut you. I swear to god, I'll cut you wide open!"
It's funny now. Not quite so funny when it was happening.
Just not exactly the kind of thing you want to hear from a homeless transvestite early on a Saturday morning, but I think we all learned a lesson from that particular encounter.
My fellow Photographers and I had set out (some of us very early) to snap pictures of the architecture and street life on Broadway around the classic theaters of the Downtown Historical Core.
First though, I treated myself to breakfast at the Pantry. I met fellow Photographer League member Jaimie Guerrero The day turned out to be almost as much of a culinary tour of downtown as it was about snapping pics.
Well, we actually only had the breakfast and then a French dipped lunch at Cole's later in the afternoon, but the meals were great bookends to a really good day.
My lovely wife Dellis joined us out on the streets of Los Angeles. She got a chance to experience for herself a little bit of what I get to do for a living.
Just like a breaking news story, totally unexpected, but a pleasant surprise was the protest that was starting as we were wrapping up the Southern leg of our photo safari.
This was the second meet-up of the Justice League of Photographers. Nobody got hurt. Nobody died. There were probably a couple thousand photos taken and everyone who showed up seemed to have a great time.
That's all we're trying to do. Just trying to snap a few pictures. Trying to create a little bit of art to share.
Most of the people we met were happy to pose and allow us to snap a few (dozen) shots. I'm glad we didn't wear out our welcome in the downtown area.
The world can always use more art. Even if we just intend to share the pictures we take with each other, our families or friends on Facebook and Flickr, it's all worthwhile.
We're going to try to meet up once a month, take some pictures, talk about photography and do a little more than sit and wait for someone else to take the pictures.
Maybe we'll see you next month.
Just remember, no matter what you might have heard, we are NOT a club.
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