Surfnista and Nick Gabaldon Day

Surfer Mimi Miller at El Porto Beach. Photo by Jim Newberry.

For a new project I’ve been photographing members and friends of the Black Surfers Collective. Here are the latest pictures, shot a couple days ago at El Porto Beach, of  the effervescently charismatic Mimi “Surfnista” Miller .

 

Tomorrow, Saturday June 14th, the BSC is celebrating Nick Gabaldon Day at “The Inkwell” (beach at Bay St.) in Santa Monica. Gabaldon was one of the first surfers of color in California. Events included free surf lessons, screening of the Gabaldon documentary 12 Miles North, and a visit from L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. More info about the event here.

Typewriter Repair Shop in Highland Park, L.A.

Walking around Highland Park recently, I saw an old sign that said “Typewriter Repair Shop.” Yet another business made obsolete in the digital age…or so I thought. But I looked under the sign, through the glass door, and noticed activity inside. I got closer, took a peek, and sure enough there were stacks of beautiful old typewriters, and a man working on one.

It turns out business is booming at U.S. Office Machines, where Ruben and his brother Danny spend their days bringing new life to old typewriters. They both learned the trade from their father, Luis Flores, who started the Highland Park shop in 1962 (it’s been at three different locations in the neighborhood, all on Figeuroa). Danny (2nd from top) and Ruben (3rd from top) kindly allowed me to take pictures.

 

U.S. Office Machines, typewriter repair shop in Los Angeles. Photo by Jim Newberry.
U.S. Office Machines, typewriter repair shop in Los Angeles. Photo by Jim Newberry.
U.S. Office Machines, typewriter repair shop in Los Angeles. Photo by Jim Newberry.
U.S. Office Machines, typewriter repair shop in Los Angeles. Photo by Jim Newberry.
U.S. Office Machines, typewriter repair shop in Los Angeles. Photo by Jim Newberry.

Photos by Jim Newberry