No corner of the city appears better protected than 41st and Broadway in South Central LA.
There are five virgin murals on three buildings at one corner, and another two on a mini-market a block away.
“We’ve put up flowers and kind of modern rock n roll paintings,” said a woman named Dolores, from Guatemala, who was behind the plexiglass at the mini-market.
“But the cholos come and spray-paint them. So we had the Virgins painted. They’re not cheap – one cost $800 and the other $500. But the cholos respect them.”
One more of the Virgin in Los Angeles, again in the southern part of the city, though I can’t remember where.
La Jefa is everywhere in Los Angeles.
This is a good thing. It makes L.A. a more peaceful place. Those of us with a spot in our hearts for her always know her soothings aren’t far away, no matter how hard the day.
This is on Florence Avenue in South-Central L.A.
Okay, this is actually in Long Beach.
Was driving down Long Beach Boulevard and spotted her and pulled over.
Just part of my ceaseless efforts to photograph every Virgin of Guadalupe mural in Southern California.
I’m not Catholic, or any kind of Christian, but years in Mexico formed a soft spot in my heart for the Virgin of Guadalupe, whose day is today: December 12.
She seems to embody all the best of the philosophy of Jesus Christ: tenderness, patience, love, caring for the poor and forgotten.
I also liked how, in a very Protestant way, many Mexicans shaped their own personal relationships with her, far, very often, from the church hierarchy.
These photos are from La Placita in downtown Los Angeles early this morning.
Happy Virgin of Guadalupe Day to one and all!
Much of the sweetness of the Virgin of Guadalupe, I believe, lies in her eyes, which are cast down, and the humility that implies.
Always an oasis in LA, whenever I see her.
Another in my continuing attempt to photograph all the Virgins of Guadalupe in Los Angeles — this in South L.A., on Central Avenue, I believe.
Xochilt Market at Broadwway & 42nd Street
Another in my campaign to shoot every Virgin of Guadalupe in LA. This one protects the last pay phone in town.