Self Assigned Projects
A selection of self assigned projects.
46 imagesI began photographing Erin and her family in March, 2020 days after Los Angeles went to lockdown for the Covid-19 pandemic. Like so many others, their lives were severely disrupted. This is their story in photos presented in chronological order. Erin, who was set to buy a house with her boyfriend so they could put their families together under one roof, saw that abruptly come to a halt early in the pandemic after she was laid-off for the first time in her life only months into the crisis. Her two kids were suddenly attending school on Zoom from their small, suburban home while she looked for a new job and took on the added responsibilities of teaching and managing their daily lives at home. Through at-home graduations in June 2020 to clandestine summer get togethers during lockdown to dashed hopes of schools reopening, Zoom fatigue and quiet holidays, 2021 brought renewed hope. Erin had found a new job and was back at work, the kids began to hear of possible school openings and Erin sold her home and prepared to restart her life where it had left off a year earlier. What a year it's been. Photos © Todd Bigelow/Contact Press Images. Please contact LicensingCompliance@ToddBigelowPhotography.com with you licensing requests. All images available in color. Images registered with the United States Copyright Office. ©Todd Bigelow
45 imagesLicensing Inquiries: Please Email LicensingCompliance@ToddBigelowPhotography.com Licensing available directly through this website for editorial purposes only. Add images to cart and proceed through the options to create your license. All images are registered with the US Copyright Office. All licenses must adhere specifically to the options selected. © 2020 Todd Bigelow _________________________________________ As Black Lives Matter protests grew nationwide, a noticeable change took hold: Predominantly white, conservative, GOP leaning communities were taking part. FROM THE NY TIMES: “As crowds have surged through American cities to protest the killing of George Floyd, one of the striking differences from years past has been the sheer number of white people.”- FROM THE LA TIMES: “The deliberate decision of protest organizers to steer demonstrations to whiter, wealthier areas may have played a role in a wider awakening,” said Jody Armour, a professor at the USC Gould School of Law who specializes in racial issues. FROM THE LA TIMES: “Demonstrations in response to Floyd’s death are spreading beyond urban centers to whiter, wealthier, more conservative suburbs." I photographed several of these suburban protests. In Thousand Oaks, a city that is 82% white with a median household income of $105,000, they demonstrate on sidewalks by Bentley dealerships, police in riot gear nowhere to be seen. In Simi Valley where barely 1% of residents are African American, white teens hang-out sunroofs scream “F**k the police!” as they drive by the civic plaza where, 28 years earlier, four LAPD officers were acquitted by an all white jury in the beating of black motorist Rodney King which led to the deadly 1992 LA riots. For More Photographs, Please Search For "Black Lives Matter"
23 imagesA Portion Of This Project Was Published By NBC News. This is the New Normal under the Coronavirus pandemic where everyone worldwide is simultaneously facing the same restrictions on movement. The world has become so small. We no longer venture out for work, shopping, dining, socializing or entertainment. The Coronavirus has in essence, confined our lives to a tiny existence. The neighborhood is now the center of life. I spent weeks walking and talking to people in my own neighborhood, trying to see how life had been impacted by the worst pandemic since the 1918 Spanish Flu. This is what I found. All Photographs ©2020 Todd Bigelow. All Images Are Registered With The United States Copyright Office. For Licensing Inquiries, Please Email LicensingCompliance@ToddBigelowPhotography.com
37 imagesFOR HUNDREDS OF MORE IMAGES, PLEASE SEARCH MY ARCHIVE FOR "NEW AMERICANS". ALL IMAGES ALSO AVAILABLE IN COLOR. Please contact LicensingCompliance@ToddBigelowPhotography.com with your licensing requests. Licensing Inquiries: Please Email LicensingCompliance@ToddBigelowPhotography.com Licensing available directly through this website for editorial purposes only. Add images to cart and proceed through the options to create your license. All images are registered with the US Copyright Office. All licenses must adhere specifically to the options selected. © 2016 Todd Bigelow _________________________________________ It's widely reported and known that immigrant and minority communities are playing an increasingly important role in the election process. Traditionally, the GOP has struggled to win this segment of the populist vote. The role played by New Americans, those naturalized in the US but born elsewhere, will play an increasingly important role in elections especially given the large surge in 2016 by immigrants obtaining citizenship. Reports in the LA Times, CNN, The Washington Post and others indicate courts worked overtime to accommodate the large influx of citizenship applications and the most recent figures show a 21% increase over 2016. In fact, in ONE DAY alone, August 22, 2017, over 10,200 immigrants from more than 120 countries became US Citizens just in Los Angeles. The top countries represented were 1) Mexico; 2) Philippines; 3) China; 4) El Salvador 5) Korea; 6) Vietnam; 7) India; 8) Iran; 9) Guatemala; and 10) Canada THE BATTLE FOR VOTES: After receiving their citizenship, the "New Americans" exit the LA Convention Center and are immediately solicited to join the Republican or Democratic party. Democrats openly court the "New Americans" with an anti-Trump message. Donald Trump has called for a ban on Muslim immigration and is in favor of building a wall along the US/Mexico border. Trump has also called Mexicans "rapists" and "drug dealers" while criticizing a federal judge of Mexican heritage. Can the GOP overcome this to register naturalized citizens to their party? Immigrants have registered pre-dominately as Democrats in urban areas such as Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. A Portion of This Project Was Published by PRI (Public Radio International) in October 2016. To View, Please Visit http://bit.ly/2e7MYMp. All images available in color. All photos are registered with the US Copyright Office. ©2016 & ©2017 Todd Bigelow