Classical music on the Venice Beach boardwalk - Off-Ramp for February 16, 2013

PHOTOS: Gary Leonard and Colette Miller find the better angels in our nature

Gary Leonard photographs Lisa Derrick at Colette Miller's wings project.

John Rabe

Gary Leonard photographs Lisa Derrick at Colette Miller's wings project.

Gary Leonard

Mari and RB with Colette Miller's wings

John Rabe

Colette Miller's wings waiting for a body.

Gary Leonard

LA City Councilman and Mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti with Colette Miller's wings.

Gary Leonard

Chicken Boy and Colette Miller's wings.

Gary Leonard

Off-Ramp host John Rabe prepares to leave the nest.

Gary Leonard

Amy Inouye (Chicken Boy's mom), Scarlet the dog, and Colette Miller's wings.

Gary Leonard

Blair Beston, executive director of the Historic Core BID, and Colette Miller's wings.

Gary Leonard

Storyboard artist William Mitchell and Colette Miller's wings.

Gary Leonard at Colette Miller's wings project

John Rabe

Gary Leonard at Colette Miller's wings project

Gary Leonard

Off-Ramp host John Rabe and husband Julian Bermudez.


It's a very simple idea. Colette Miller painted wings on the pull-down security shutters at the Regent Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. Stand in front of the wings and have your photo taken and voila, you're an angel in the city of Angels.

For freelance photographer Gary Leonard, who strives to capture a broad range of LA life, it was the perfect setup. He simply emailed a bunch of his contacts and asked them to meet him last weekend in front of the wings. It turns his paradigm on its head: instead of having to travel all over LA to capture LA's diverse people and events, different people from all walks of life in LA came to him. He photographed street people, activists, Mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti, an aging public radio host, an unborn child, and many more.

And I can tell you from experience, something interesting happens when you pose in front of those wings: you stand a little taller, you feel like - maybe - you're flying a little, you turn into a slightly better person.

 

 

 


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