How does one put themselves on the line to protect and serve the community? Someone who has their own family to protect.
Remembering Officer Greg Casillas.
All images by Julian Lucas ©03/2018
Images contained in this short are from Slow Darkness Fast Light
I met Miles about 5 years ago at an art exhibition in Los Angeles. Miles was a very mild mannered man who I found to be full of great wisdom and very insightful about life. National Geographic post a short film about the Apache Youth, skateboarding, becoming artists and musicians. See Short Film here.
In the past years, I have had the opportunity of interviewing many of my favorite photographers for Mirrored Society Books, a bookstore in which I co-own, which started in 2015.
Mirrored Society began as an online store but most attention directed towards our physical store which was located in the city Claremont, which sometimes I refer to as Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, but I won’t get into that right now, I will save it for another post.
Anyway, I had the opportunity to interview one of my favorite photographers and also a good friend of mine Marco Romano Bhimani. Marco who is a Los Angeles native began his photographic journey in 1993, photographing the life of Los Angeles. Marco has also completed projects, such as Children’s Medicine, The Green Wall Project, and My Los Angeles. On a personal note Marco has also taught me interesting facts and ideas of photography as well. One thing that that Marco has taught me was to archive my work and asset management, something I hadn’t heard never before in all my years of taking making photos.
Read interview here
Thinking back to my childhood, I was always the observer. I was too shy to converse with people. Friends thought I was weird. I guess my shyness and being an observer prepared me for my future. Things are clear now, especially when I look through the lens.
Fast Darkness Fast Light is my protest. It is a personal protest to point out the ills of the city many within the community face day to day. Many vent their frustrations on social media outlets, but I lean towards venting visually.
I have documented the city of Pomona for well over 20 years, witnessing the city at it’s worse to economic growth in some areas. This city was known for celebrities come out to see feature films held at the fox theater. It is mind blowing that this city which posses the beguile of Mid Century, Art Deco, and Victorian architecture, or the glory of hustling boulevards, is presently a home to liquor stores, and check cashing businesses, poverty stricken communities, and an over saturation of doughnut shops.
When I was about 7 years old, my father would take my younger sister and I to the "pool room", over on 63rd and king drive on the south side of Chicago. Although I couldn’t express myself back then, I did find it intriguing to watch folks shoot pool, gamble, argue and cuss up a storm. It was very comical to listen to and I had a hard time holding in my laughter at times.
Unfortunately the “Pool Room” was demolished. It is now an open field. In addition a side note there was a bar also attached to the “Pool Room” where I would get perch dinners with spaghetti as a side dish.