Here is one of everyone’s favorites, in his prime walking the streets of downtown LA, with his camera over his shoulder, in his element.
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I had a great afternoon with Kris Kros (Joe)! We’ve known one another for years, and, like so many people, I’ve always admired his work. He’s one of many of you cool photographers here on Flickr that inspires me to change and experiment. I was just as impressed with his person as his photography.
I had a few spare hours on Saturday, so I contacted Joe that morning to see if he had some spare time, and, luckily, so did he! We started out by planning to go around LA shooting, but I think we spent about 75% of the time sitting around cafes while discussing photography, art, techniques, and a bunch of other adventures!
It’s a poor-man’s Times Square… LA’s attempt to make a cool hip place outside of the Staples center is the Nokia Blade Runner-esque montage of crass commercialism… It seems like a very strange place to me – it was pretty empty when I was there.
The LA nights tend to get a little cool, so there is nothing like an open pit fire to take the chill away. This is the hotel I stayed at in LA called the Custom Hotel (Stuck in Custom Hotel? Too easy!). I found it on this cool new boutique hotel site called TabletHotels.com. The site has the tagline “Hotels for Global Nomads”;, and aren’t we all?
It’s right by LAX and surprisingly inexpensive. They have this trendy club and bar (upstairs there) by the pool…