SFPD Going to Town

A few shots of the SFPD getting ready to go downtown at midnight Oct. 26th 2011. OccupySF is holding a protest that may or not be raided. Lets hope everbody gets home safe.

Empty Charlie bus, soon to be filled

Boarding Charlie

Charlie Filled

Alpha Dogs

Busted

Rolling at midnight.

Coaches in the Night

all photos: Raymond Ruiz

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High Sierra Music Festival – snap shots on the fly

Safety and Courtesy Crew 2011 HSMF

I recently had the pleasure of working at the High Sierra Music Festival in Quincy, CA. Although we worked 14+ hour days, I still managed to snap a few photos on a 35mm point-n-shoot. Here are the results.

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Side gate entry for the Grandstand stage.

Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk. These folks don't f*ck around with the NOLA style funk. Tight, thick 'n' nasty.

SKERIK, at large. Jumping in with bands from afternoon til dawn. Here he is jamin' with Ivan Neville.

Daily dinner time procession.

Backstage breakfast.

DRIBBLES and friend. At one point Dribbles was stolen and paraded through the fairgrounds in a harness and a tutu.

Los Amigos Invisibles on the Grandstand stage.

Diego's Umbrella played numerous times throughout the festival. Here they are playing on top of their RV. (I'm very proud to say these are friends of mine!)

Holy Sh*t, Maceo is a bad mother f*cker!

Maceo Parker on the Grandstand stage.

"Maceo's the living, breathing pulse which connects the history of funk in one golden thread."

all photos: Raymond Ruiz

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In a State of Grace with Chance: Sketchbook #2

A little peek into my daily/nightly travels.

Driven by spontaneity and intuition, these sketchbooks will capture the fleeing reality of life.

All photos are taken with the greatest respect for the subject, and myself.

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all photos: Raymond Ruiz

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FAT TUESDAY in The Fillmore District feat. MJ’s Brass Boppers.

I love SF!

I knew there might be some folks hangin’ out on Fillmore Street for Mardi Gras, so I grabbed my camera and went lookin’ for some fun. I couldn’t have gotten any luckier than running into a New Orleans style second-line procession. MJ’s Brass Boppers where singin’-n-swingin’ @ Fillmore & Geary, while a crowd danced and sang along. I was late, so the party  came to an end about an hour after I arrived, but I was able to snap a few photos that I hope represent the party MJBB’s had thrown together.

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all photos: Raymond Ruiz

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Photographs of the KUSF Rally @ Presentation Theater

On Tuesday January 18th, 2011, KUSF 90.3 FM was shut down with no warning to employees, volunteers or the community. Within 24 hours a rally was assembled to question USF President Stephen A. Privett, and a $3.75 million “non-disclosure” deal with Entercom Communications. The following is a documentaion of that rally. (click photos for Hi-Res version.)

Format: digital, black & white

POV: participant

Intent: to help sustain KUSF by documenting the support it has from the community.

A man points toward an empty balcony, so more people can be let in.

A questionnaire being passed to an usher.

Father P. takes a stance.

Applause as Privett is corrected in his statistics.

UNFAIR, t-shirts printed and donated in time for the rally.

The future of the KUSF archives is still in question.

Privett danced around questions on why other options, such as a city or community buy out, were not sought after.

A DJ, who also works at a bakery modeled by Jesuit ideas, questions the Fathers decision to not include the community.

The decision to sell KUSF was based on the Universities obligation to its students. Privett kept referring back to the schools mission statement. I believe this woman is reading the mission statement and touching on points of contradiction between the sale and the schools core values.

The fight is still going up until the FCC makes a final decision. KUSF encourages folks to write formal and articulate letters demanding the removal of Father Privett and stopping the sale of KUSF to: boardoftrustees@usfca.edu

As of this time, there will be a rally onTuesday 1/25/11 @ SF City Hall
1pm Rally; 2pm Board of Supervisors meeting.

all photos: Raymond Ruiz

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In a State of Grace with Chance: Sketchbook #1

A little peek into my daily/nightly travels.

Driven by spontaneity and intuition, these sketchbooks will capture the fleeing reality of life.

All photos are taken with the greatest respect for the subject, and myself.

( click on photo for large view )

all photos: Raymond Ruiz

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SF Stuff

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