The Way I Saw It

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Like many of you, I watched the documentary, The Way I See It, about Pete Souza’s time as the Chief Official White House photographer. I was more interested in seeing and learning about this photographer’s work than about the politics of the movie. The images he captured of the Regan and Obama White House years has made me realize how much I want to get back to capturing the story of people, events, our times, and places.

Don’t worry. That doesn’t mean I will stop shooting landscape, nature, and wildlife. Likely, it means more shooting overall, and a chance for you to see some of my unpublished work.

Following are a few images I have captured of people and events I have made. They are in no particular order. I plan to dip into my archives for more and then have a section on my Website where you can view these images.

Here is a taste of The Way I Saw It.

Kamala Harris

In January 2016, when she was in the midst of her campaign for U.S. Senate, then CA Attorney General Kamala Harris visited Stockton, California. I captured this exchange with my friend Bobby Bivens, President of the Stockton Chapter of the NAACP. Whatever they were talking about, it obviously excited Sen. Harris.

A Woman and Her Flag

Woman talking about her UFW flag.

During a break in a worker’s rights march that was winding its way up the San Joaquin Valley in California one of the marchers spent some time talking to a reporter about her United Farm Workers flag. She was proud to have been part of the fight to gain rights for farmworkers in California, and wanted to share the messages of support people wrote on her flag.

Free Speech

Masked protester holding a sign above their head.
Without free speech, no search for truth is possible. No discovery of truth is useful.
Protester in a mask yelling through a bullhorn.

At the California State Democratic Convention in San Diego in 2012 demonstrators protested across the street from the convention center. It was a peaceful protest, and I don’t remember there being much of a police presence. This is how demonstrations should be.

A Few More People

Here are a few more people I managed to capture with my camera.

Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi waving to the delegates at the CA State Democratic Convention in San Diego, 2012.

Bernie Sanders

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) carefully thinks about what he is going to say next to the delegates at the State Democratic Convention.

Gavin Newsom

Then California Lt. Governor, Gavin Newsome was always an easy one to photograph speaking. He has great stage presence, and will pause long enough to give the media a chance to get a good shot. Getting a good shot of people speaking isn’t always easy, except with Gavin.

More to Come

I will be going through my archives and posting more images of the events and people who make up my story. Hopefully, I can remember the stories too. Look for future blog post and subscribe to my email list so that you will be notified when I update.

Your comments are always appreciated, and I read everyone of them, so leave your thoughts and questions below.

Thanks for spending a few minutes with me.


2 Comments

Pamela Luna · October 30, 2020 at 10:31 am

These photos are not scary at all! Happy Halloween! Thanks for your newsletter.

    Randy · October 30, 2020 at 11:57 am

    Thanks, Pam. Not scary to me either, but you know how some people can be these days. Happy Halloween!

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