Photos of 2023 on BSA – #8: “The Marathon Continues”

We’re celebrating the end of one year and the beginning of the next by thanking BSA Readers, Friends, and Family for your support in 2023. Picked by our followers, these photos are the heavily circulated and “liked” selections of the year – shot by our Editor of Photography, Jaime Rojo. We’re sharing a new one every day to celebrate all our good times together, our hope for the future, and our love for the street. Happy Holidays Everyone!

The photo here is that of a mural in LA featuring an image by photographer Estevan Oriol, vividly capturing the resilience of everyday individuals. Estevan, an LA native with Mexican heritage, focuses his lens on the city’s urban landscapes, lowrider culture, street life, and its residents. Renowned for his dedication to authentically and respectfully representing those often overlooked or misrepresented, Oriol’s work is a testament to the genuine stories of these communities.

Nipsey Hussle portrait by Downtown Daniel in collaboration with Estevan Oriol in Los Angeles. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The subject of this portrait is Nipsey Hussle, a rapper and community activist who was celebrated for lyrically chronicling life in Los Angeles, especially his experiences in the Crenshaw neighborhood. His untimely passing in 2019 sparked profound sorrow among fans, fellow artists, and locals. In a time when many face increasing challenges, including homelessness and limited opportunities, his admirers often reference his enduring philosophy, “The Marathon Continues.” The phrase embodies a commitment to sustained effort and justice, and a tenacious will to continue long term no matter the obstacles. Sprinters need not apply.

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