Street Poets in LA

Once outside our own little worlds that are increasingly defined by status updates, tweets and posts, all of which are anything but urgent 99% of the time, it’s refreshing to discover people delving into their communities and really connecting with people one-on-one. That was the case recently when I accompanied the Street Poets on a…

Photography Classes Open at UCLA

Photography Classes Open at UCLA

NOTE: IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR THE MOST UP TO DATE WORKSHOP COURSE AT UCLA, PLEASE VISIT THE “BUSINESS OF PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP” BY CLICKING ON THE HYPERLINK OR MENU LINK ABOVE!  There is one absolute that I can share with other photographers after making a living as a freelance photographer for the past 25 years: If…

May Day Immigration Rally

May Day Immigration Rally

A few years back a crowd estimated at 100,000 rallied on May Day in Los Angeles, calling for national immigration reform. Although the 2013 crowd was estimated at a third the size, it seemed more relevant since immigration reform is topping President Obama’s legislative initiatives as he takes on his second and final term. Below…

Teaching Tolerance Award Winning Teachers

Teaching Tolerance Award Winning Teachers

        Here are three examples of the type of person our society should hold in high regard. They aren’t reality show stars or entertainers. They are some of the finest teachers in our country. Devoted, passionate and determined to inspire. They don’t make a lot of money, but they make our society…

Street Photography Class at UCLA Extension

There is something so pure, so true about street photography. I’ve often told my students that it is the ability to capture the extraordinary in the ordinary, the willingness to see the fluid, layered connections between objects in a frame. It is the randomness that makes street photography so alluring to photographers who, in fractions…

Photojournalism Evolution and The Business of Photography Workshop

Photojournalism Evolution and The Business of Photography Workshop

Click Here For Course Topics, Dates & Locations, Student Testimonials and Workshop Supporters Journalism, like life in general, is so revealing when viewed in the rear view mirror. The recent evolution of story telling turned out to be so rapid and encompassing that many photographers today have never experienced asking for a brick of Tri-X…

Mongo Loved His Garden!

Mongo Loved His Garden!

Mongo, whose real name we all know is Alex Karras, loved his garden! Yes, the Detroit Lion’s pro bowl, tough-as-nails defensive lineman who caused havoc for opposing quarterbacks, was a man who in retirement loved to gently tend to his tulips, orchids and roses amid his beautiful garden in the Hollywood Hills. I was asked…

Gas Prices Going Sky High

Gas Prices Going Sky High

Sometimes, an image doesn’t really need words. This was taken yesterday in Los Angeles. California is reeling from a devastating spike in gas prices due to low supply levels and rising costs. Click on the image for more selections. Todd Bigelow Photography

Supporting a Strike against AT&T or Chalking? Occupy’s Priorities Seem Misplaced

Earlier this week I tweeted to Occupy Wall Street asking for support for AT&T technicians who were on strike. I figured the strike was as good an example of the 99% (workers) fighting the 1% (AT&T with their billions in annual profit) as one will ever find. Occupy Wall Street was kind enough to re-tweet…

Supreme Court to Weigh In on SB1070

Supreme Court to Weigh In on SB1070

Though the Obama administration would surely have preferred that the US Supreme Court decline to rule on the legality of Arizona’s controversial immigration law, thus leaving the federal appeals court rule striking down the most significant portions of the law as the defining word, it’s likely best that the SCOTUS put the issue to rest…