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Michael Ares

Michael Ares

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I'm a freelance photographer in Los Angeles. My photography work has been published in: The Washington Post, The New York Times, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, ESPN's The Undefeated, Newsday, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, The Palm Beach Post, and the San Francisco Examiner. My work has also been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists, Hearst Foundation, and the California College Media Association. www.michaelares.com

My Struggle: Emotional Content & Art

Published September 4th, 2012

In this past weekend I’ve been really trying to really examine myself and figure out what kind of photographer should I become. A photojournalist? Or a street photographer? I believe that in most cases they go hand in hand, but in photojournalism you have to go about it more in an objective reportage documentary sense, whereas in street photography is a form of documentation that is more novelist and poetic.

I have been getting feedback that I could apply my style of street shooting along with my Photojournalism approach, or just really stick to what each genre represents and keep my works separate. I really like doing both, so if I were to combine them that would be fantastic, yet also very challenging, since in Photojournalism you have to meet deadlines as opposed to street photography, and considering that it’s a hugely competitive field, I may not have time to sit back and study out my surroundings for intriguing compositions.

Being a photojournalism student, I sort of struggle w ...

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My Top List of Places I Want To Go For Street P...

Published August 1st, 2012

I have a list of dream places that I just want to just get in an airplane and fly off to for a full week at each location

.....now if only I had just a few thousand dollars hanging around to make that dream a reality......

It's just that now that I have been photographing in Los Angeles for 8 months, I have sort of grown tired of it, even though I know that a new day provides new situations on the street. I feel that if there is one major location that you shoot at all the time, the desire of something "fresh" goes stronger. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE L.A.! The architecture is awesome, the people are great, and there are lots to photograph, I just want to experience an entire new culture somewhere else.

I have photographed in San Francisco a few times whenever I go up to meet my family, and that place is simply remarkable! I'm always looking forward to heading out to San Francisco every time that I go, because it always seems like a new city to me when I haven't been there in a long ...

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To Me, Hollywood Isn't the Ideal Place For Stre...

Published June 26th, 2012

Yesterday I decided to branch out from street shooting in Downtown LA and went on to see what Hollywood could provide for me. I had been in Hollywood only twice before yesterday, but those two times were so long ago and way before I got all into street photography. So now I wanted to venture back and really pay attention to it’s detail and the people walking around the movie capital of the world.

Now at this time of the year is when tourists come from all over to visit Hollywood, and my goodness were there a lot of tourists. The streets were literally overflowing with people, and I had to bob and weave a lot through people to make my way around. In Downtown LA there are a lot people also, but it’s less “touristy” which was what had been bugging me most of the day. There were tons of people bunching up together and taking pictures of the stars engraved in the streets, and taking pictures with street performers which to me didn’t make up neat composition opportunities.

The shopping ce ...

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My Street Photography Past, Present, Future...

Published May 11th, 2012

So today, on May 10th 2012, I have officially turned 21 years old! I'm currently in the process of enjoying my birthday month...that's right...MONTH! Last week my girlfriend, Miss Daisy Rodriguez, took me to a Coldplay concert at the Hollywood Bowl as an early birthday day. And this week of my birthday is broken up into two parts, tonight I had dinner with my family, and received tickets to watch The Blue Man Group in Las Vegas on May 26th! (Totally stoked and can't wait for street photography) so that's part 1. Part 2 is tomorrow in which my parents promise me another big gift (Hopefully it's a Nikon D4 camera...although very unlikely, it would be nice!). So yes, this month is so far really enjoyable, I was so blessed by my friends and family who made my 21st a memorable one.

Putting my birthday aside, I began to reflect on my life, I used to have doubts last year about my future in life. Thinking to myself just what exactly is my purpose here on earth? I was a little bit disturbed a ...

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There May Be No "Next Time"

Published April 28th, 2012

I was walking down the streets of Downtown Los Angeles doing some street shooting when I came across Broadway Street in Historic Downtown, I walked passed this familiar wall that I used for a street photo the week before, and I noticed immediately that something was missing. The wall was plain, somebody came and covered up the paintings and graffiti with black paint.

As I was looking at this newly painted wall I realized that I will never again have the same opportunity to try and catch another photo with that same art that was on the wall ever again. In my mind I was thinking, "Thank God that I took this photo last week while it was still there."

The point that I'm trying to make is this, if you see an interesting setting, don't wait till "next time" to take a photo, because there may just not be a "next time" ever again. Take the time, no matter how long it takes to get that shot that you want. With this picture in the article, I was standing in front of that wall for about 20min. ...

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