Someone else is gonna shoot it. Some guy even lost money. I was born in El Sereno, which is recorded as the oldest community in L. I lived there until I was seven or eight. I took photography classes in high school. Montgomery at Pueblo High taught media communication. He opened my eyes to video and media; I loved it. I sang, played bass and drums, and we had a band.
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At 21, what did I care? Then I got associated with a leather shop on Hollywood Boulevard. We called it L. Roxx, and it became an apparel shop for bands. I was living the rock and roll life.
We had a lot of customers in Japan, so I went there various times, too. I did fashion in Japan, I did anything. I started a little sports memorabilia business called Collectibles. I had to sell the product, so I got a camera, a Sony I love L. My work goes to legit sources—magazines like Cosmopolitan and New York , Web sites, blogs, and entertainment shows. I try to stay away from all that. But in a candid shot you have a different backdrop—a street, a restaurant, a grocery store. You make financial gain off celebrities, and celebrities are like stock—some go up and some go down.
So their value drops. Celebrity is popularity. I know where they live, the cars they drive, their license plate numbers. It happens when it happens. It could be a text from another pap. Sometimes somebody else will. The airport is huge. I recently did the airport for three months straight.
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I got a lot of people. Park my car and walk, walk, walk. Go have lunch and walk, walk, walk. My photo of Lamar Odom was in Us Weekly. There were about 30 paps there, but the magazine picked my photo. Fame has a price—are you willing to pay it? Because if you give me that fame, you can photograph me anytime you want, even if I have the flu, because I earn at that level.
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I earn that status, I earn that lifestyle, I earn that income. My fans are paying for my lifestyle. They could ask me for my autograph anytime they want. They look at us as hustlers.
Journalism is recording the story. Nobody should deny history. Someone catches him smoking pot. I always enjoyed Michael Jackson. I recorded him and took photos of him so many times. He would ride by, roll down the window, put out his hand, and I would hold it.leondumoulin.nl/language/anime/mose.php
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I could feel the energy of what the world was giving this man and what he was giving the world. I shot the three-minute video of the ambulance pulling out of his driveway the day he died. Maybe one of the kids got hurt, maybe Michael cut his finger. On this occasion he had his back to us, blocking what was inside the ambulance. Something was going on.
I followed the ambulance to the UCLA medical center. He got in the driver's seat and saw all the photographers flashing. He drove out slowly, and there was a group of photographers on the driver's side and a group on the passenger's side. Once he drove out, the driver's side paparazzo started walking around the front of the car. It was like a mob scene, flashing at him," an eyewitness says. The guy fell down in the mob—kind of under the front of the car—and the wheel ran over his leg when Justin accelerated. When the photographers stopped flashing and knelt down to help their friend, that's when Justin realized he hit someone and got out of the car to help.
According to another person on the scene, a girl from church started yelling at the paparazzo, shouting, "We are here for you! We are praying for you! That's nice of you, but we don't need anybody else yelling, please.
The "Despacito" singer spoke to cops on the scene. Meanwhile, paramedics tended to the injured paparazzo, who was transported to L. The year-old suffered non-life-threatening injuries to one of his lower extremities, police said. Earlier this week, Bieber canceled the remaining dates of his Purpose World Tour "due to unforeseen circumstances. News Wednesday that the singer was "burnt out" after spending more than a year on the road. Echoing that sentiment, an insider confirmed he had "definitely done some soul searching lately, but it was his own decision to cancel the tour.
Since the announcement, he's been leaning on his friend Patrick Schwarzenegger for support.
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