VIEW IN MY ROOM
Mr. Paco is a vestige in my mind from a chance meeting with a Painter / Musician I met on Melrose Av. in Los Angeles, Ca. in 1998. I had a job on the street recruiting pedestrians for Movie Preview Screenings for all the Major Motion Picture Studios. I met hundreds of people each day and some of those have really stuck with me. I think often about a reunion with any or all of them. On this day, Paco was in his vintage, yellow 1960's VW Van which he used to haul his painting supplies around in. Wearing his white painter's pants spattered in years of old hues he spoke deliberately but with passion and enthusiasm about his work as a painter--and as musician for the local L.A. band called 50 Cent Haircut. What I remember the most was how friendly and benevolent Paco was with his high spirit. On departing from our chance encounter Paco gave me a demo CD of two songs his band recorded, I still have it but more vibrant and important are the thoughts and kindness Paco shared with me, a stranger on the streets. Thank You Paco. 1998 Melrose & N. Vista St. Los Angeles, Ca.
Photography:Paint on Wood
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Hi I'm Anthony "Moda" Monterotti , photographer in Los Angeles, Ca. I am the photographer in June 2014 while doing street photography work in Los Angeles, Ca. and shooting the Actor Jonah Hill while he assaulted me with a homophobic slur. He called me a faggot and told me to suck his d%#k. You can look that up on tmz. The sad part about it all is that Jonah Hill made a public apology filled with lies about me to try and garner sympathy and get a pass for his homophobic outburst. It worked for him and to this day he has never apologized to me. here is the TMZ link to this event: https://www.tmz.com/2014/06/03/jonah-hill-homophobic-slur-paparazzi-video/ Moving forward, I'm a serious photographer and artist. I studied Communication Arts Media at Framingham University in Massachusetts and graduated in 1993, Cum Laude. I moved to Los Angeles, Ca. in 1995. I have a fundamental interest in the random people I meet on the streets of Los Angeles. A street portrait is very challenging but when you capture a thin slice of someone's essence, esp. after only a brief and random encounter, it becomes a lasting and fulfilling event. I normally ride thru the streets on a bicycle bc Los Angeles is so spread out. Riding a bicycle is a fantastic way to see things . Like others have said; recognizing those individuals who are overlooked by society feels like a bit of my personal legend. Street images don't usually make great wall art but I just loved being out there documenting with people. And in 1995 I began shooting head shots for actors using a Canon AE1 film camera. I have also done many weddings, VIP Events, portraits, and PR Images for celebrities. I have also shot well over 10,000 college portraits throughout Southern California . However my real passion was always on the streets shooting random people. I had 5 bicycles stolen and luckily onlyattacked on the streets once in 17 years of shooting street images. I shot my first photograph in the first grade with a plastic Diana camera that my Father gave to me. I still have my very first photo i shot with that Diana Camera in 1969 of two school girls running away from me in the school yard. My drawings are examples of late night stream of consciousness , like morning papers but not done with words and never attempted before the midnight hour. I collected them for over 15 years before ever showing any. I hung one on the wall one day and thought, hmm someone might like this.
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