May 25, 2018
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24 Hours in L.A.

Bonfire of the Vanities meets South Central

By Normski Anderson

When London photographer Normski Anderson visited Los Angeles to shoot life in gangland, and a performance by gangsta rapper Ice-T, he borrowed a great vintage car from a friend in Malibu.

“It just so happened to be an old 1960s gold Cadillac, with a wonderful cream and velour interior…. I don’t realize it’s a gangbangers’ car.”

He tears down the freeway late at night, eager to get home, and accidentally exits into some dicey neighborhood.

“It’s completely dark everywhere; I can just about see movement in the shadows.”

Relieved to spot an LAPD car, he leans on his horn.

The cops jump out and run over to him, waving big guns.

“Is this your vehicle?”

“No, it’s not.”

“Whose is it?”

He explains.

“See those guys over there?”

And I see like a patch of black guys, hard core gang members.

“Those guys are about ready to kill you for your car. This is a carjacking, gangbanging car. That is the prize car. And you will die in this vehicle if you carry on driving in this area.”

See Normski’s video: 4.18 minutes

See more of Normski Anderson’s work

6 comments about “24 Hours in L.A.”

  1. Jose says:

    Excellent Mary! Good story telling..

  2. Mary D'Ambrosio says:

    Thank Normski! Isn’t he amazing?

  3. Shobha says:

    Very unusual presentation …. captivating storytelling
    enjoyed the video….
    - Shobha

  4. Kathy says:

    intriguing flash video insight into gang violence, great editing for quick flavor, sad as it is. one person’s normal is another’s fright…

  5. Normski says:

    This is an honour to share my work with you all.
    Thanks Normski

  6. Bob S. Hale says:

    I still have trouble with the word “like” dropped in…it was borrowed from the hip musicians’ world, adapted by the teens and college crowd, and now has become a pointless verbal punctuation mark! It smacks of a weak spot in the education of the speaker. It is also difficult to explain to people who are learning to speak English! It’s a shame such a useless interruption has to break the flow of a usually decent sentence. (OK…end of, like, rant. )

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