Over the last couple days, I have been impressed by a few more things. On Thursday, Khalil, Jazmin and I met with Alan Hess. He is an extremely gifted photographer. If you have been to any concerts at Valley View, you have seen his work all over their walls. Not only was he gracious enough to meet with us and show us around, but he offered both Jazmin and Khalil superb tips and tricks. His passion for his work made me want to improve my photography skills.
Here’s a picture of one of the opening bands for blessthefall playing at SOMA (taken from my phone) next to one of his photos... There’s really no comparison. I found it interesting that he noted how many people in the crowd (myself included) spend a lot of time viewing concerts through the four-inch screens on our phones, rather than simply enjoying the live experience and trusting the photographers to capture the visuals for us. Something to ponder... Regardless, I’m eager to see how Jazmin pulls all his tips together.
They were reluctant to take on a high school intern when Veronica first reached out to them, but were raving about what she’s done to impress them in the last week. Check out (and “like”) their Facebook page... Veronica is currently in charge of it.
The Tariq Khamisa Foundation (TKF) was established in 1995 after Tariq Khamisa, a 20 year old college student was killed by Tony Hicks, a 14 year old gang member. Tony became the first child in California under the age of 16 to be convicted as an adult. He was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. Believing there were “victims on both ends of the gun”, Tariq’s father Azim Khamisa reached out in forgiveness to Tony’s grandfather, Ples Felix to begin the process of healing; together they established TKF.