Alphi Q.
LA-based. Chicago-raised. Lead instigator and photographer for Veteran Empire

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Dranking out my camera lens mug for National Coffee Day as a pre-workout before I get all Yolo McSwagSwoleski in the gym.

Triple whammy IG post: Coffee, photography, and fitness. I win.

#NationalCoffeeDay #photography #coffee #fitness #preworkout #camera #canon #nikon #LA #NoHo #NorthHollywood #winning #yolo
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Creepin’ on girls since 1986. 

#TBT circa 2009. Munich, Germany

#Munich #Muenchen #Germany #Deutschland #ubahn #subway #metro #travel #streetphotography #streetog #streetography #potd #fineart #noir #composition #blackandwhite #bw #monochrome #exposure #Nikon #D700 #50mm #geometry #symmetry
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OMW2SYG 😏

#SanDiego #SD #SoCal #NorthPark #California #Cali #shadows #streetphotography #streetogs #fineart #noir #composition #blackandwhite #bw #monochrome #exposure #SonyNEX6 #35mm #skopar #architecture #LAstreetphotography #LAstreetog #abstract #omw2syg #bike #bikes #travel (at Georgia St Bridge, San Diego)
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I shot this as soon as I walked out the door. I had no intention of shooting anything but I just so happened to always keep a camera in my bag. I did an instant quick draw, composed, and snapped. It took all of three seconds and I carried on with my day.

"The best camera is the one you have with you," right? 

#NorthHollywood #NoHo #LosAngeles #LA #SoCal #California #shadows #streetphotography #streetog #streetography #fineart #noir #composition #blackandwhite #bw #monochrome #exposure #SonyNEX6 #35mm #skopar #LAstreetphotography #LAstreetog #design #arstyfartsy #legs #emmys (at Academy Of Television Arts & Science - Leonard H Goldenson Theatre)
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Had a great time at @thumbprintgallery having a whole bunch of fancy artsy-fartsy talk at the “America’s Finest” street photography exhibit (you can check out the exhibit until Oct 13). It was my very first showing. Shoutout to the TPG guys, Johnny and Paul, for giving me the opportunity to show with them.

Now time to find LA galleries to get into 😎

#SanDiego #SD #SoCal #NorthPark #California #shadows #streetphotography #streetogs #streetography #fineart #noir #composition #blackandwhite #bw #monochrome #exposure #SonyNEX6 #35mm #skopar #architecture #LAstreetphotography #LAstreetog #abstract (at TPG2)
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Selfie.

#SanDeigo #SD #SoCal #NorthPark #California #shadows #streetphotography #streetogs #streetography #fineart #noir #composition #blackandwhite #bw #monochrome #exposure #SonyNEX6 #35mm #skopar #architecture #LAstreetphotography #LAstreetog #abstract #selfie
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There is something to be said about the abstract stillness of a photograph that moves the viewer. It is a notion that up until only recently I couldn’t appreciate.

So if you guys figure out what they say about it, fill me in :)

#arstyfartsy #NorthHollywood #NoHo #LosAngeles #LA #SoCal #California #shadows #streetphotography #streetogs #streetography #fineart #noir #composition #blackandwhite #bw #monochrome #exposure #SonyNEX6 #35mm #skopar #architecture #LAstreetphotography #LAstreetog #architecture #design (at The Art Institute of California - Hollywood)
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Random unplanned snap of @christinasofine when shooting for @veteranempire a while back. The shoot looked nothing like this. Which doesn’t say much because my preferred modus operandi during shoots is to go candid. The mindset is “capture” rather than “create.”

#soundinglikeadouche #arstyfarsty #bs #model #photoshoot #hot #legs #beautiful #pretty #tights #americanapparel #leggings #fashion #style #fit #fitness #fitfam #fitchick #yoga #meditate
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Spent a good part of an hour shooting at Georgia Street bridge because there were plenty of kickass compositions with the beautiful Cali sunshine. 

I’m pretty sure people were suspicious with this brown guy with a terro beard taking pictures of a bridge. HA!

#SanDeigo #SD #SoCal #NorthPark #California #shadows #streetphotography #streetogs #streetography #fineart #noir #composition #blackandwhite #bw #monochrome #exposure #SonyNEX6 #35mm #skopar #architecture #LAstreetphotography #LAstreetog #tricolor #abstract (at Georgia St Bridge, San Diego)
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Headed south today to good ol’ San Diego to drop off my pieces for the upcoming street photography exhibition at @thumbprintgallery. 

While Los Angeles is the smoking hot brunette actress/waitress/model. I imagine San Diego as the super chill beach-blonde surfer girl. How does one pick between the two?

#SanDeigo #SD #SoCal #LA #LosAngeles #cali #bw #monochrome #streetphotography #streetog #pier #beach #OceansidePier #Nikon #D700 #50mm  (at Oceanside Pier)
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Oldie but goodie.

So glad I don’t have to deal with Chicago winters anymore. I much prefer being spoiled in SoCal having to order ice coffees because it’s to hot for regular coffee over waking up an hour early in the dead of winter to shovel the driveway and de-ice the car. HA! 

#TBT #Chicago #Chitown #WindyCity #Illnoize #MilleniumPark #winter #fashion #streetfashion #boots #cold #photoshoot #model #Nikon #D700 #50mm
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When you tired af on a lazy Sunday because you went too hard last night.

#hangover #DTLA #LosAngeles #LA #SoCal #California #shadows #streetphotography #streetogs #streetography #fineart #noir #composition #blackandwhite #bw #monochrome #exposure #SonyNEX6 #35mm #skopar #architecture #LAstreetphotography #LAstreetog (at Downtown Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California)
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For those who’ve spent an extensive amount of time in the open water know to humble themselves and respect the ocean.

See the ocean is like a crazy, hot girlfriend. When she’s calm, she’s beautiful, radiant, and awe-inspiring. When she’s upset, she’s a violent raging bitch. If you do anything stupid you’ll inevitably get hurt.

Just be patient and ride the wave. #militarytrainingexercisesmakegoodanalogiesforrelationshipadvice

#tbt #imonaboat #USMC #USN #LCAC #Marines #Navy #Recon #MARSOC #sunset #SanDiego #SoCal #Cali #zodiac #CRRC #veteran #veteranempire #BeOFP
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I keep on creepin’ on.

#DTLA #LosAngeles #LA #SoCal #California #shadows #streetphotography #streetogs #streetography #fineart #noir #composition #blackandwhite #bw #monochrome #exposure #SonyNEX6 #35mm #skopar #architecture #LAstreetphotography #LAstreetog
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Perhaps just looking at killer abs will help me motivate myself to offset the bacon burger I’m about to devour. 

#veteranempire #ve #ofp #BeOFP #ink #inkedgirls #tattedgirls #tattedchicks #hot #beautiful #pretty #girl #tattoos #booty #badonk #abs #bis #biceps #sexy #fitness #fitfam #fit #fitgirl #chivette #thechive #kcco #inkedmodel #piercings