Matt Lara

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  • Street Shooting in Downtown Pomona

    As I said in my previous post, I'm trying to shoot more between clients this month. This area has a sort of classic small town feel, and has been making a big comeback in recent years. Still, not much was happening during this day. It felt a little empty and many of my shots were missing the human element.

    I don't know what it is, but I have a hard time doing any kind of street photography around where I live. Maybe because I am too familiar. Drop me off in the middle of New York City, or another place where I am a stranger among millions and I'm fine running around with my camera all day. I was born in Pomona, and even though I hardly ever go downtown I still feel weird shooting there.

    These reflection shots was the one that struck the most that day. I'm continually inspired by Vivian Maier's vast body of work, only she never seemed to be bothered by shooting in her own locales.

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  • On The Streets in Las Vegas

    I took a quick trip to Las Vegas a few weeks ago, and managed to escape for a few street shots. Enjoy.

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  • I'm not an ideas person

    I have been making more of an effort to post more on this blog, even though I'm fairly certain few peopel read it. For some reason I am drawn to this process, trying to flesh out a more meaningful presence on the internet in an attempt to better share the million things I am about.

    Ideas have never come easily to me. In fact, I'm not sure if I've ever been an ideas person. I have a good friend who can think up something clever, funny, and interesting at the drop of a hat. I realized that I've becomg much more of an observer. I think that's why I enjoy street photography, and why people tend to hire me to shoot events in a photojournalistic style.

    I enjoy the spontaneity, and the thrill of finding a decent moment even in the most bland of situations. Waiting at the DMV becomes a chance to explore. I've been known to stop a number of times on a routine drive home to snap a few shots.

    So while I may not be bringing up any major new ideas in this space, you might see a number of everyday moments, some street photography, and maybe a few ideas explored.

  • Street Shooting in DTLA

    After a morning meeting last week in Downtown Los Angeles, I made a quick trip over to the Grand Central Market for some lunch. I decided to try out a new Leica Q that I have the pleasure of using for the day. I didn't get much, but the photos I got made me want to shoot quite a few hundred (or million) more with this little camera.

    Crossing Broadway in DTLA en route to the Grand Central Market. I love how this part of the city looks so much like New York. Also, I love the KRKO tower in the background giving it character.

    Grand Central Market was packed on a hot LA day. Like a lot of cities, LA has revived this very old institution with many modern flares. The food here is fantastic with many vegan options for me.

    Even though it was a hot summer day, I found a free seat at the counter at Ramen Hood and ordered this wonderful hot ramen. I had heard so muh about this place with the vegan ramen that I had to give it a try, and it was absolutely what I needed at that moment. This was the "OG Ramen" topped with a vegan egg. I don't want to start sounding like a commercial, but if you're visting DTLA and can find a free seat, go to Ramen Hood.

    Leaving the market. I am a photograper with a huge appreciation for street photography, as well as the lifestyle and portraits you can see on my portfolio site. I wouldn't put myself in the category of street photographer just yet. I feel that is a space one has to earn. Still, with this small Leica Q I might have to think about putting in more time.

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