You know, I just can't walk past a mirror without taking a self portrait.

Monday, April 30, 2012

All American Heavyweights - (Updated)

      I've been shooting at The Rock (Gardena, CA) for about 6 months now. When I first started in early November, not only were the LA Matadors training there, as well as a good number of professional boxers, but also The Rock was the home for the All American Heavyweights(AAH). AAH has a training program dedicated to developing not only great heavyweight boxers but also the next Olympic Gold Medalist in the 201+ lb weight class*. Quite a number of prospective fighters have passed through here, recruited from the college ranks and in most cases not having a boxing background at all. At present 5 athletes are training here.

Dominic Breazeale
2012 National Champ 201+ lb weight class
2012 Team USA (currently in Rio de Janeiro competing for an Olympic spot)

Jon Hamm
2011 National Champ 201+ lb weightclass
Making his pro-debut May 22 at The Sugar Ray Leonard Charity Classic

Charles Martin

Edward Latimore

George Faave

Recently 2012 Team USA (Boxing) has been training here as well, see my earlier post. 

* What is the 201+ lb weight class, it is also known as Super Heavyweight in Amateur and Olympic boxing, in professional boxing all fighters over 200 lb (unlimited) are considered heavyweights. 

All images shot with Canon Cameras, 1D mkIII, 1D mkIV, 5D mk III.

As always all images are copyright Peter Politanoff/RedStarImage, all appropriate conventions apply.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Saturday Night at MOCA 2012.04.28

Here are some images I shot last night, up and down Grand Avenue, and landing at MOCA for the Member's opening of the 'The Painting Factory'.

As always all images are copyright Peter Politanoff, and cannot be used for commercial purposes without consent!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Eating Japanese - Torihei

In my continuing series  "Eating Japanese", I've found another restaurant to write about. Fortunately it was located in Torrance (not far from home), in the strip mall next to Mitsuwa Market. The best description I could come up for Torihei is a Japanese Tapas restaurant. Their website describes it as" Yakitori Robata Dining", not only do they serve yakitori, but also izakaya dishes, oden and sashimi. I should mention also the beer, sake, and shochu! Here are some images I shot with iP4 and Panasonic GX1.

A storm was threatening, although forecast was for later in the evening.

Since we didn't have reservations, we had to sit in the back area. I would like to note, we were the only non-Japanese patrons. For me that is always a good sign of authenticity.

Although the menu was in Japanese the order forms were bilingual, and located in a tall glass on the table.

Fortunately I had researched not only their website but some of the dishes they served before arriving.

Xiao long boa was incredible!!

The yakitori in general was outstanding.

Finished the dinner very satisfied and determined to come back very soon.

As always all images are copyright Peter Politanoff / RedStarImage, and cannot be used for commercial purposes without explicit consent.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

2012 USA Men's Boxing Team

     Currently some of the members of the USA Men's Boxing Team are training at 'The Rock' in Carson, CA. They are training here prior to the team traveling to Rio de Janiero for the Olympic Regional Qualifiers, May 4-12. Three members of the ten man squad have already 'Qualified' for the 2012 Olympics and do not need to re-qualify, while two others are training elsewhere.

Currently Training at 'The Rock'

Santos Vasquez: 108 lb weight class

Jose Ramirez: 132 lb weight class

Jamel Herring: 141 lb weight class

Terrell Gausha: 165 lb weight class

Marcus Browne:178 lb weight class

Dominic Breazeale: 201+ lb weight class

In addition the following are team sparring partners.

Caleb Plant: 165 lb weight class

Steven Nelson: 178 lb weight class

Those that have already Qualified.

Rau'shee Warren: 112 lb weight class (2 time Olympic Champ)

Joseph Diaz: 119 lb weight class

Errol Spence: 152 lb weight class

_____I have not Shot him!_____

Training Elsewhere

Michael Hunter: 201 lb weight class

'The Rock' - Training facility in Carson, CA

As always, all images are Copyright Peter Politanoff / RedStarImage. Cannot be used for commercial purposes without explicit consent.