As a photographer living in Los Angeles, there are plenty of things I could take pictures of daily, but for 23 days and a few late nights I was in Downtown Los Angeles taking pictures of a movement that has shaped a new conversation in this country.
Like it or not, good or bad, for or against the Occupy movement has captured the attention of this nation and some would even say the world. There was no other place for me to be, but City Hall in Downtown Los Angeles.
Louis "Kengi" Carr is a Southern California native born and raised in beautiful Santa Monica. This proud ageleno is the author of four books, a Getty Images Contributor, a published writer as well as a guest speaker and community activist/advocate for people living with HIV or AIDS and homeless individuals.He's also the creator of grass roots community based outreaches Project KengiKat, Do Something Saturday & Unplugging HIV. Kengi is what some have called an "old school" photographer because he ONLY believes in basic post production of his work. "I simply want to take great pictures with my camera, not create them in photoshop. What you see is what I snapped. If that means I'm outdated or considered less of a photographer, then so be it " Often called a "photojournalist" or "social justice" style photographer, Kengi uses his photography to bring new awareness and understanding for social issues gripping Los Angeles as well as the nation.