Photographer Greg Bojorquez lives in Boyle Heights, a small city located in East Los Angeles well known for gangs. Bojorquez’s photography is simply humanizing real people living real life.
“If i can photograph normal everyday people and make a great portrait out of it that is humanizing and that people from other cultures will like, I feel that I am succeeding in a different way.” – Greg Bojorquez
Greg Bojorquez feels that anyone can take photos of the ugliness of any culture. Instead of shooting that way, Bojorquez aims to shoot what is humanizing, so his viewers can connect with his subjects. What makes Greg Bojorquez’s photography even more interesting is the medium he chooses to photograph with. Greg likes to use his Canon 5D and 35mm film camera, then he likes to back up some of his best frames with a Mamiya RZ67 medium format film camera.
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HUMANIZING Greg Bojorquez – Art in the Streets
“When I started photographing my Eastsider project it wasn’t a gang project, it was a community project. But if you leave out anything about the gangs, it’s a misrepresentation. A lot of people familiarize east LA and Boyle Heights with gangs, and that’s the way it just happens to be and that’s the way it is.”
It’s inspiring to see how much Bojorquez loves his community, and how much he’s involved in it. Do you love your culture as much as Greg Bojorquez does? Let us know in the comments!
If you liked this photography be sure to check out Greg Bojorquez’s website.