LOS ANGELES MAGAZINE
Sunday Best at First Baptist Church
Congregants of the Trinity Baptist Church in South Los Angeles bring their personal style to Sunday service. The church dates back to 1917 and sees hundreds of parishioners on Sunday mornings.
As part of Los Angeles Magazine's Pray L.A. portfolio, which showcased a variety of ways in which Angelenos worship, I set up a makeshift studio in the parking lot of the church and photographed over 150 parishioners throughout the morning.
The Hill Climbers
All over Southern California, amateur competitive cyclists hit the mountains on weekends for friendly training rides and club races to test their skills and stamina against their friends and teammates.
I made a series of portraits at the end of three such rides, asking the participants to come over to my setup at the summit of the climb as soon as they reached it. The riders had spent the better part of an hour at their maximum heart rate and the pain and love of sport was evident in each exhausted and exhilarated expression.
North Korean Tech Smugglers
North Korean dissidents and defectors have started an activist group that smuggles foreign media such as Western TV shows, books and movies into the country.
Homecoming at Fort Bliss
Fort Bliss, in El Paso, Texas transitions some 26,000 soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines each year. On a Friday before Memorial Day, families gathered to welcome back 48 soldiers of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, who returned from eastern Afghanistan.
I photographed the soldiers on a backdrop inside the processing center minutes after they we reunited with their families. Some were meeting their children for the first time since they were deployed nine months earlier.
The portfolio of images appeared as a cover story in Texas Monthly.