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

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Looking for a Piñata in L.A. ? Try Central and Olympic.

     On the south side of Olympic and west of Central are about 2 blocks worth of party supply stores. Not the usual type that carry ribbons and bows and plastic utensils. Rather these are stores that all specialize in Piñatas and 'Piñata Party' supplies. A colorful array that brightens up a bleak industrial area known as the Produce District. You can buy everything from a tamale cooker, loteria games to dried chilies and Mexican treats. By the way parking is a bargain only $3, where else can you find that in L.A. these days.










You can also find some very colorful brooms, do they make housework less dreary?



Hungry, there is a food truck,


and Taqueria 'La Papa Loca'


As always, all images are copyright Peter Politanoff / RedStarImage. Images cannot be reproduced without expressed permission. You are more than welcome to link to this site however.






Friday, May 24, 2013

Hamilton Ventura vs Mitch Williams 2013.05.21

This is the third in the series of three posts on the "Big Fighters, Big Cause" fight card sponsored by the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation.
Cruiserweights Hamilton Ventura and Mitch Williams squared off in an 8 round battle. Both fought aggressively with the Brazilian Ventura scoring the better I thought. Williams as always has a lot of heart, despite a standing eight count in the 4th be managed to battle though to the end. When the judges scores were tallied the fight was ruled a split decision draw.

Here are the images.

















As always, all images are copyright Peter Politanoff / RedStarImage. Images cannot be reproduced without expressed permission. You are more than welcome to link to this site however.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Charles Martin vs Sylvester Barron 2013.05.21

Heavyweights Charles Martin and Sylvester Barron squared off last night in a fight that was scheduled to go 6 rounds. This was one of three fights at the "Big Fighters, Big Cause" Charity Event at the Santa Monica Pier. The charity is annual event that is hosted by the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation.
The Martin/Barron fight was second on a three bout fight card.

Martin stopped Barron 33 seconds into the second round, by way of knock out. Here are the images.

Coach Jamal Abdullah wraps Charles' hands.


And in the Red Corner coming in with a record of 6 wins and no loses,

The fighters trade punches early,


but Barron receives more than he is able to give.




  
Strategy in between rounds 1 and 2.

Barron hurt again at the beginning of the round,

Holding on and trying to fight back.

  In the last exchange of the bout the fighters trade punches, but Martin lands a vicious left ,

 that leaves Barron out on the deck.

Still undefeated!

As always, all images are copyright Peter Politanoff / RedStarImage. Images cannot be reproduced without expressed permission. You are more than welcome to link to this site however.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Seis de Mayo - the day after Cinco!

     It was pretty much a normal Monday morning on Pier Ave in Hermosa Beach. Banks and stores were opening, food and beer trucks making their deliveries. Most of the the decor and trash from the weekends festivities have already been cleared away. Yesterday was Cinco de Mayo. But what set this Monday apart from the usual was the inordinate number of beach cruisers still chained to the racks.
     Perhaps just as it is not safe to drink and drive, it is also not to safe to over-drink and ride. Perhaps the owners hitched a ride with a friend. Perhaps some took a cab. Some may have even spent a night with a total stranger, waking up wondering how they got were they are. Others may have simply been forgotten ("dang I could have sworn I rode my bike, I don't see it so I guess I'll walk home"). They all gradually disappear from the racks as the hours and days pass. But occasionally there is that one, that sits and sits waiting to be claimed, just rusting away. Looking at these images you wonder, which one might that be.













As always, all images and text are copyright Peter Politanoff, cannot be reproduced without expressed consent. You are certainly welcome to link to this post however.

All images shot with Fuji X-E1 w/ Leica 28mm Elmarit and Leica 90mm Elmarit lenses.