Light test for 9-11 — A test of the twin beams of the Tribute in Light intersect with still-under construction Tower One as they rise behind the building and above lower Manhattan, Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in New York. The memorial, sponsored by the Municipal Art Society, will light the sky on the evening of Sept. 11, 2013, in honor of those who died in the Setp. 11, 2001, terror attacks on the United States. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Like a lot of people my age, as a child I dreamed of flying in the Space Shuttle. In 1981 or 82, I went to the Kennedy Space Center and was lucky enough to see a shuttle out on the pad just days from launch.
Now, I’ve gone back to see the end of the story for these amazing machines. Seeing it in person was one of the most moving things I’ve done recently. Atlantis traveled more than 126 million miles in space, each time returning her crew safely to Earth.
We may not think of her as a big deal now, but decades or even centuries from now she’ll be just as important a part of our collective story as Columbus’s ships or the Mayflower.
I told my wife as we left that I would come back and see this machine again… I owed much of the imagination of my childhood to the stories it helped to write.
I met Patrick in Winnipeg. He was sitting outside the shelter that was about to serve up a limited yet hot meal.He was alone but didn’t give off the vibe of a grifter nor a man looking for a hand out. He was down and out for sure and I can only imagine the things he has seen judging from the story on his face. Patrick is First Nation Indian.Patrick was kind.Why are the ones with less more generous than people who seemingly have it all. Life is fucked up sometimes.
Leica M240 35mm lens
Nikki Sixx Photography
More of these trees I enjoy shooting… they look like something out of a fantasy movie with all of the roots running down the sides and into the ground.
Woke up this morning in the bus parked outside the venue in Estevan Canada.As I was pouring my usual morning cup of coffee I opened the curtains to see that we were parked in the middle of a dirt lot with nothing much around us except some train tracks off in the distance.To the left of the bus I noticed a small skatepark with kids doing what they should be doing on a quiet weekend in the middle of nowhere but one of the kids appeared to not have any legs.As I later found out his name is Alex and he lost both his feet at age 1 and his legs (up to the knee caps ) at age 2.His personality beamed with enthusiasm when I asked if I could get some shots of him doing some tricks.We sat and talked for a while and he told me he drag races & horse back rides too.I told him about a girl I shot in Los Angeles who had lost her legs and how she is still a snowboarder and all around great athlete.He asked me if I wanted to see his prosthetic legs and we went over to his truck.It turns out he had them airbrushed with hot rod flames ( see picture ) and I told him he really had heart.At that point he pulled back his shirt to expose a heart tattooed on his chest.I meet new people everyday and somedays I walk away and think I just wasted 20 minutes of my life.Not today.I feel inspired.Thank you Alex….
Leica M240,Voigtlander 12mm lens
Leica M,75mm lens
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I was lurking in the shadow of a tall building on Hollywood Blvd.Honestly i was focused on a shot i wanted of a this old couple at the bus stop 15 feet away and nothing else.I had my camera set to hyper-focus as this lady walked around the corner none to happy to see me pointing my camera in her direction.I just pushed the shutter release without framing.It seemed like i invaded her space and honestly,i probably did.I think this moment shows what she was thinking..
Leica M240,35mm lens
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An interesting tree in Boca Raton (there are actually many of these, this one just struck me). It has these roots that come down like fingers.. taken around sunset.
I had been walking the streets of Sydney trying to fight off the jet lag when i ran into this gentleman.His demeanor seemed somewhat monk like to me as i asked if he minded if i snapped a few quick photos..As we were talking people walked by not even slowing down to throw a few coins into his basket.I found it odd and he said that’s usually the way it goes.I asked him if he had ever been to any other countries and he said no,he’s has never left Australia and time has been rough on him.He asked where i was from and i told him Los Angeles.He said it seemed so far away from where he was and sadly looked off into the distance.This is that moment.
Leica M9,35mm Lens.
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A terrific street shot from Nikki Sixx:
These photos were taken looking east down the Hillsboro Canal in Deerfield Beach, FL at sunset. I had intended to shoot west into the sunset, but heavy clouds meant the whole sky was just a gray backdrop.