Robert Stacy is a photojournalist first, occasionally an activist and an Instagrammer somewhere much farther down the line.
Stacy regularly walks the streets of Downtown Los Angeles, engaging the most hard-up residents of the city in a humanistic way before asking to take their portrait.
The shots he gets are up-close-and-personal portraits of some of the most colorful characters in the city. He posts some of his work to Instagram under the name @visualwhiplash_
Stacy has traveled around the world to the Middle East, to Tokyo, to Korea, to Thailand where he captured the red-shirt protesters in some of the deadliest demonstrations of this decade.
Stacy favors a dSLR camera over an iPhone, and he's not afraid to get close to people.
I once saw him approach a mentally ill resident of the 6th Street bridge over the Los Angeles River. He spoke with her for a few minutes before she started shouting at him. He took that as a cue to start photographing and took her picture from inches away as she brandished a board at him.
That's a rare case, though. The captions of Stacy's photos reveal that he gets close to subjects he meets on the streets.
He tells tales of Skid Row through social photography that major media outlets in the city won't tackle.
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