What does LA mean to you?

Estevan: LA means home to me; it's where I was born and raised. I have been to 53 countries, plus all the states, and I've loved everywhere I've gone. Traveling is great, in my opinion, but I don't think I could do all I'm doing anywhere but LA. It's really the land of all opportunities here - thats why it's full of people who aren't from LA. Even though they cry and complain about it, THEY'RE STILL HERE. I LOVE LA.

Eriberto: I know I not only live in a very special place, but in paradise. I don't need to travel around the world. Man, it's right here. All the nationalities and cultures from around the globe are represented right here in my own backyard. This is the true beauty of LA!

How do you know when the scene is right to document?

Eriberto: I don't, for the most part. Since I'm basically a street shooter, opportunities just present
themselves in the moment. Man, I just go with the flow, hope for the best and await the surprise.

Estevan: I just take pictures of stuff. If I go to a specific place for an assignment, then I know what to document, but as far as taking photos, I shoot nearly everything I see nowadays, because you never know what it will be like in 10 years. Even if i don't really like the way  something looks at the time, that same thing might be cool in 10 years. I've missed a lot of good stuff, and I don't want to miss any more.

Estevan Oriol, Bullet Holes and Stab Wounds, 2002. (c) Estevan Oriol

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