Discovery Has Landed – Sasha-Michael
Last Tuesday, the new Star Trek series, Discovery, had a red carpet event at the Arclight in Hollywood. The cast of Star Trek: Discovery was there, as were numerous other ST alums; and yours truly was also on hand to get some shots from a fairly unique vantage, (I know, because there weren’t many people where I was =p)
Let’s start with Sonequa Martin-Green, late of The Walking Dead (remember how Sasha suddenly got a death wish…?), now taking off to the stars…
Dome of the Bisected Hemisphere
On this, the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 that I’m sure every news report will tell us not to forget, and remind us that we haven’t forgotten… I wanted to share this picture of Abdulnasser Gharem’s sculpture, titled “Hemisphere”, which was featured in LACMA earlier this year. It represents the duality of Islam, (or frankly, all religions), between the peaceful and spiritual, (as depicted by the right half, based on the green dome of the Mosque of the Prophet in Media), and the political and violent tendencies, (as depicted by the left half, based on a Persian military helmet). The midpiece that is front and center is models on a noseguard from the helmet, which protects the face while also separating it.
And while we can list this duality in all religions, given the beauty of this work, and the darker responses to the terrorist attack 16 years ago, I wanted to post this – today – to show that beauty can come from all places, and that almost everything has two sides.
(Also, I’m really happy with how the picture came out.)
Twilight Freedom Sculpture
Taken the morning of July 5th, this is a shot of the Freedom Sculpture installed on Independence Day, July 4th, 2017. It took 4 years for the Farhang Foundation, a non-political, non-religious, non-profit Iranian-American cultural organization, to commission, secure city authorization and raise enough money build and install the Freedom Sculpture, a permanent iconic monument celebrating religious freedom, cultural diversity and inclusiveness — the humanitarian ideals or Cyrus the Great that have been enshrined by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution of the United States.
With over a million supporters, from all across America and over 50 countries around the world, the Freedom Sculpture has become the most widely crowd-supported monumental gift in U.S. History. It now stands like a “Statue of Liberty for the West Coast”, in the heart of Los Angeles, one of the world’s most culturally diverse cities, as a permanent symbolic reminder that freedom, inclusiveness and respect for diversity are the foundational values that truly make America great.
The winning design of the Freedom Sculpture was created by renowned artist and architect Cecil Balmond. It is themed on the Cyrus Cylinder from 2,500 years ago, widely considered the first declaration of human rights, whereby Cyrus the Great Persian King originally granted individual and religious freedoms to all within his vast and culturally diverse empire. The large-scale, modern-day sculptural interpretation of the Cyrus Cylinder is made of two finely crafted 100% stainless steel cylinders, one within the other. The interior cylinder is gold, and the outer element is silver – both interacting with each other in an exchange of strength and vulnerability. The two rings are linked internally to form a strong and robust structure.
I do really enjoy this sculpture- and am sure it will make further appearances in this photoblog.
* I would have taken some photographs during the fireworks during the installation celebration, but the organizers decided real cameras were verbotten- such an annoying yet very LA thing…
Jedi Cassy vs Jedi Cindy
Behind the scenes shot from Return of the Threesome, a parody of the old Star Wars commercials… Not counting the ladder crew, we have Rileah Vanderbilt as Jedi Master Cassy and Alison Haislip as Jedi Master Cindy dueling it out with the lights in the background.
I’ll be adding a few more shots from this shoot over the next few months- though there is one Easter Egg shot already up.
March for Science, Los Angeles – Stage
March for Science, Los Angeles – March Snapshot
The largest* March for Science, held in Los Angeles, CA, had roughly 50,000 marching from Pershing Square to City Hall with speeches by Lucy Jones, Tom Steyer and Allison Schroeder beginning at noon. Former NASA astronaut Garrett Reisman led the rally in an electric vehicle. The shots here are of the speaker’s podium and a snap of the march coming down 1st Street.
And this protestor was a fellow repeat from the Women’s March- but I didn’t get a decent shot then… This one isn’t perfect, but For Science!
March for Science LA – Princess Bubblegum
* Might be the 2nd largest- can anyone point me to a count of the DC march? Oddly couldn’t find one with an estimate…
Alizay Tribute to Biggie Smalls
While driving to the homestead, I saw a small crowd gathered on the side of the Petersen Automotive Museum last Thursday, (9 Mar). I came back and found DJ Alizay still there, conducting an tribute performance in memory of Biggie Smalls, aka The Notorious B.I.G., who was murdered 20 years ago (9 Mar 1997) at that location. He agreed to a few snapshots (and video, which I will post and link to in the coming days). This is my favorite one I took…
Thanks for remembering and for bringing smiles to a lot of faces last Thursday, DJ Alizay.
Shot of the button bin for the LA Metro transit options.