A photographer's eye on . . . El Corrido de Boyle Heights
Los Angeles' corner of Soto Street and Cesar E. Chavez Avenue features one of the city's most treasured murals, "El Corrido de Boyle Heights." The faces dominate the corner in the moments of song and joy captured by painter Wayne Healey and the crew. But there's an ongoing struggle between beauty and the beasts of the hood armed with spray cans.
In my most recent visit to the area, I was overjoyed to see the city has recovered the mural and it sings there, free of defacement.
Here's the mural at the lowest point of 2005. If there are small children in the room, cover their eyes:
Dang, that surface is ugly. Still, the power of that underlying mural bursts out. One might also express gratitude for short taggers.
That's it for the week. See you next time.