Street Life: Beverly Hills

Street Life: Beverly Hills

Took my UCLA Extension students to Beverly Hills this past weekend as part of the 12 week Street Photography course. Spent most of my time watching, guiding and having a good time with them while also making a few images. One truth that students grapple with, in my opinion, is that there is no one…

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…

Coast Guard Death after Pursuing Undocumented Migrants at Sea in California

Coast Guard Death after Pursuing Undocumented Migrants at Sea in California

  Desperation added to desire can be a combustible mix. It might result in success, but it often results in catastrophe. People driven to desperate measures simply don’t give up, and that is so evident in the decades long struggle to control illegal immigration from Mexico to California. There are those who have spent more…

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…

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…

East of Eden: The First Tee of Monterey County

East of Eden: The First Tee of Monterey County

East of Eden: The Kids of the First Tee of Monterey County – Images by Todd Bigelow Early in 2011 I was assigned to spend a week amid the fields that dot the central coast in Steinbeck country. It’s a familiar place for me as I’ve come to understand the lives of hard working immigrant…

A Warm Winter Day in Yosemite

Anyone who has ever driven to the Eastern Sierras from Southern California has enjoyed the sites so common along Highway 395. The desert turning from scrub brush to volcanic rock, the looming presence of Mt Whitney, the time warp that are the towns of Lone Pine, Independence and Big Pine. These are all a integral…

Veterans

The stuttering is what caught my attention. He was a tall, rugged looking guy who had no outward signs of trauma or disability. The kind of guy who you’d strike up a conversation about football or latest UFC fight. But he had trouble getting his words out. They wanted to come out, and I’m sure…

Oakland Museum of California Opening Gallery Featuring Two of My Images

Oakland Museum of California Opening Gallery Featuring Two of My Images

I’m humbled that for the second time in my career a museum has included my images in a permanent gallery. The Oakland Museum of California, an innovative museum that houses the largest and most comprehensive collection from famed documentary photographer Dorothea Lange, is set to officially open their renovated California History gallery after over a…