James McDaniels – St John Baptist Church Photo Essay, Animated GIF, BINGO Photos

Photo Essay:

The outside of St John Baptist Church in Vermont Harbor sits against the clear sky on Sunday, September 11, 2016. The building was purchased by St John Baptist Church in 1965. Before that, the building was used as a Christian science church.
The St. John Missionary Baptist Church sits against the clear sky on Sunday, September 11, 2016. The building was purchased by St. John Missionary Baptist Church in 1965. Before that, the building was used as a Christian science church.
Andrew Williams learns a Bible lesson during Sunday school at St John Baptist Church on September 11, 2016. The church offers Sunday school for different age groups. The lesson Williams received was 'Our Great Purpose' and used chapter 43, verses 1-4 from the book of Isaiah.
Andrew Williams learns a lesson during Sunday school at St. John Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday, September 11, 2016. The church offers Sunday school for different age groups. The lesson Williams received was ‘Our Great Purpose,’ which used chapter 43, verses 1-4 from the book of Isaiah as supporting scripture.
A Bible, a cross, candles and flowers line the altar at St John Baptist Church on September 11, 2016. The wording engraved at the bottom of the altar is a reference to 'The Last Supper.'
A Bible, a cross and candles fill the altar with flowers in the background at St. John Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday, September 11, 2016. The wording engraved at the bottom of the altar is a reference to ‘The Last Supper.’
The congregation comes together for Sunday service at St John Baptist Church on September 11, 2016. A big portion of the service focused on singing.
The congregation comes together for church service at St. John Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday, September 11, 2016. A big portion of the service focuses on singing.
Gary Brooks plays the piano during Sunday service at St John Baptist Church on September 11, 2016. Brooks is very active in the church, holding positions including deacon, musician, and Sunday school teacher.
Gary Brooks plays the piano during church service at St. John Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday, September 11, 2016. Brooks is very active in the church, holding positions including deacon, musician and Sunday school teacher.
Rev. James A. Brooks I gestures during the church service at St John Baptist Church on Sunday, September 11, 2016. Brooks is 104 years old.
Rev. James A. Brooks I gestures during church service at St. John Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday, September 11, 2016. Brooks is 104 years old.
A banner with the word 'Love'hangs in the lobby of St John Baptist Church on September 11, 2016. The banners are meant to be inspirational, and the goal is to keep everything inspirational any time the church changes its banners or decorations,
A banner with the word ‘Love’ hangs in the lobby of St. John Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday, September 11, 2016. The banners are meant for inspiration, and the goal is to keep everything inspirational any time the church changes its banners or decorations.
Windows made of colored tiles forming geometric shapes line the walls of St John Baptist Church on September 11, 2016. The design of the windows is still the same as it was when the building was erected, but some of the windows themselves have been replaced over the years.
Windows made of colored tiles forming geometric shapes line the walls of St. John Missionary Baptist Church on September 11, 2016. The style of the windows is still the same as it was when the building was erected, but some of the windows themselves have been replaced over the years.

 

Animated GIF:

Gary Brooks teaches Sunday school at St John Baptist Church on September 11, 2016.
Gary Brooks teaches Sunday school at St. John Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday, September 11, 2016.  The Sunday school sessions occur before the full church service.

 

BINGO Photos:

Closeup of hands working:

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Ant POV:

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Eyes only:

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Looking down and up:

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Fashion:

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Self-portrait with timer:

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Red and blue:

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Photo Essay — Vermont Square Park, Vermont Harbor, CA By: Eytan Wallace

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Vermont Square Park, located on W 47th St., is conveniently located in the middle of the Vermont Harbor neighborhood. Among other amenities, the public park boasts a lush green lawn, picnic tables, a basketball court, public restrooms, and a play yard for children.

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At one end of the park, Vermont Harbor resident, Mario Suerta, also an immigrant from Ecuador, sits by his bike as he smokes cannabis, drinks his favorite energy drink, and scratches a lottery ticket in hopes of “becoming a millionaire.”

 

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At the other end of the park, the Ruíz cousins, each three years old, play with one another on the play set. Here, Jeremiah keeps guard in the “cave” to make sure no one else enters.

Yitzhak, who only speaks Spanish, says he loves to run to the top of the play set.

Yitzhak’s cousin, Jeremiah, who also only speaks Spanish, loves to roll down the slide before jumping off.

Bingo:

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Eytan Wallace’s hands hard at work, typing an essay for his Introduction to Holocaust History course.

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As seen in this ant POV, three-year-old Jeremiah Ruíz runs after jumping off the slide at Vermont Square Park.

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Although the above image could be confused for many objects, it actually is the inside of a plastic red cup, similar to those found at CVS, Target, and Bed Bath and Beyond stores.

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Peek-A-Boo! Inside this blue slide, Yitzhak Ruíz hides from his cousin, Jeremiah. Jeremiah would later find his cousin during this game of hide-and-seek.

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These are Eytan Wallace’s eyes. The iPhone was held up very close to his face. In case you could not tell, Wallace is in fact smiling in this picture.

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After reaching the bottom of the slide, Yitzhak Ruíz tries to climb up but slips in the process. This picture shows Ruíz as he is in the process of falling down.

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Looking up at a street sign warning drivers about the nearby playground at Vermont Square Park.

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Looking down, watching the Ruíz cousins playing with one another at Vermont Square Park in Vermont Harbor, CA.

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This picture is a mystery to me, and hopefully to you. Could there be a hidden message in the image? I believe there is, and would love to know if you do as well. That is why I believe this photo stands out as a “WTF shot.”

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Using the 10 second timer feature on my iPhone 5c’s camera, I left the phone on my desk, and smiled for the picture 10 seconds later.

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These are hats/caps belonging to  Eytan Wallace’s roommate, Anthony. From the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to the Los Angeles Dodgers, and of course the Trojans, you can’t go wrong with wearing any of these head coverings.

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“MMM…Cinnamon!” I couldn’t agree more with this slogan — MMM, indeed! If it were not for the fact that I exercise daily, I do not know what i would do, as my sweet tooth certainly controls my life. Cinnamon Toast Crunch is one of my favorite cereals!