iPhone Video #3- On Assignment with Penny- Barbacoa in East LA

by on September 22, 2011

On Assignment with Penny: Barbacoa Lady Reunion in East LA
Video completely filmed on iPhone 4

Thank you for joining us on this  journey with friend and photographer Penny De Los Santos. Producing this On Assignment video series has been a visual awakening. To be able to collaborate together and celebrate the stories of special souls, places and events is wonderful.

Previously, we’ve shared stories from Chef Joanne Chang in Boston and Food Trailers in Austin. Today’s Los Angeles edition is a special one because it’s not just a story about food, it’s a reunion.

This reunion is a dear one. Penny photographed a compelling Barbacoa story for Saveur magazine this year. What resulted out of that photo shoot was a a friendship, a bond between Penny and her subject Flor, the Barbacoa Lady. This connection that sprouted between Penny and Flor inspired Penny to return for a reunion.

This time, Penny returned to Flor as a friend. They cook and share a meal together that evolves right before your eyes.

What we all know of this “Barbacoa Lady” is from the magazine and stories that Penny has shared. But what this video shares with you today is all the love, camaraderie and respect behind the scenes. You get a intimate peak into the the lives of two people after the images are made, outside of all the eyes of the publishing world.

What you will see in this video is a life friendship between two people that was brought together because of photography. That’s how powerful photography can be.

thank you for watching and for your support,

diane and todd

Guide us in Seattle! *** We’ll continue shooting more “On Assignment” videos in Seattle next week and in other parts of the country. Please share your ideas or suggestions to us on twitter or comments below. We’d love to explore any extraordinary people, locations and stories that have been personally inspired by or touched you in a special way.

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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jenny Flake September 22, 2011 at 9:33 am

I seriously loved watching this. You captured such beautiful moments, thanks for sharing it’s possible to do such great things on just the iPhone!


2 Nancy@acommunaltable September 22, 2011 at 9:50 am

As always, your work never ceases to inspire me.. and this video is no different. I loved all of it, but my favorite part was the look on Flor’s face when Penny was showing her the magazine – for me it was a poignant reminder of what Penny had said about “seeing”
Thank you for this beautiful story and letting me “see” through your eyes…


3 colleen September 22, 2011 at 10:35 am

Big SMILE. Beautiful!!!


4 Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence September 22, 2011 at 11:04 am

I’ll have to agree with Nancy. That must have been such a special moment for Flor to see her story in the magazine. I also love the salsa making shots. Great job with the 100% iPhone movie!


5 Sam @ The Second Lunch September 22, 2011 at 11:25 am

These videos are wonderful, that shoot in Saveur was particularly memorable. It’s always a pleasure to see Penny in action, and interacting with the people she photographs. Truly inspiring, always.


6 Susan in the Boonies September 22, 2011 at 11:49 am

Great vlog! Beautiful and personal. Now I’ve GOT to have an iphone!


7 TripleScoop September 22, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Love the series! Awesomeness.


8 Elizabeth September 22, 2011 at 2:30 pm

If you can, I really think that the Pantry at Delancey in Seattle and the two women who run it (Brandi Henderson and Olayia Land) deserve to be featured in one of your videos – the enterprise they’ve started has been really wonderful and is just getting past its first season of being open. The Pantry offers cooking classes, catering and family-style meals that are informative and inspired, and I really have loved seeing and participating in the community that they are creating. I’ve put their website in the comment website field in case this would suit your film needs.

I’ve really enjoyed this series of videos and can’t wait to see what you guys end up featuring from my town!


9 Snippets of Thyme September 22, 2011 at 3:17 pm

Another fun trip! So cute with the horses clopping down the street and the yard sale in progress. Down home good eats!


10 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga September 22, 2011 at 3:58 pm

Lovely post and video…thanks for sharing your work with us all. Beautiful.

And I saw the video Penny put on her site, too.

And oh, I saw the tweets about your Star Party. Sounds like a blast! I was at a Star Party here in San Diego about a month ago. Fun…but I want to see your new studio!! :)


11 saltyseattle September 22, 2011 at 4:11 pm

The video is jawdropping. So in love. Glad you’re Seattle-bound, hope our paths cross more than once.


12 amy September 23, 2011 at 3:45 am

I loved this. Can’t wait till I’m able to upgrade my iphone.


13 Jimena A September 23, 2011 at 6:08 am

I really loved this video… I want an iphone right now!!!
Love to saw penny in action taking pictures!


14 Nicole Franzen September 23, 2011 at 7:21 am

Easily put, awesome :) those tacos look insane. LOVE


15 Cynthia Bertelsen September 23, 2011 at 7:47 am

Really terrific! Just out of curiosity, what kind of a camera/lens did you use on the still pic of the people eating? The iPhone? Thanks.


16 Yvette ~ Muy Bueno Cookbook September 23, 2011 at 8:52 am

Holy Moly! I think I’m gonna cry! It’s so beautiful! Flor’s house/neighborhood reminds me of the casa/barrio we grew up in (El Paso, TX). My mom still lives there today! WOW! It just goes to show that you don’t need a fancy kitchen to create magic. WOW! I’m in awe! So touching, so beautiful, so REAL!


17 Pam the Potter September 23, 2011 at 9:16 am

So cool! Thanks guys for sharing the process and even more importantly, the chef herself “in situ”.
What an honor to be allowed a peek inside.


18 Jake September 23, 2011 at 10:43 am

Fun little video… looks like a great day! Food looks amazing!


19 bunkycooks September 23, 2011 at 12:25 pm

I love this video. You captured some great moments. BTW, thanks for the hugs sent via Georgia in Portland and xoxoxo back to you all! :)


20 Barb @ WishfulChef September 23, 2011 at 5:04 pm

This is an awesome video. Makes me miss living in LA all over again! Thanks for sharing.


21 naturesfleamarket.blogspot.com September 24, 2011 at 8:45 pm

Hey guys, Just love every one of your posts. Your work is something I truly admire. And Penny, what a goddess! Yea, I love the stories actually behind the food. It’s a bit of a shame when people just focus on the look and taste of a dish, but there is so much more behind it. I love bring the respect back to the cooks and learning about the people who’s hands prepare the food. x


22 Jacqui Hein September 24, 2011 at 9:56 pm

Go to Green Leaf Vietnamese Restaurant in Seattle! Best Vietnamese in the Pacific NW. Uber crowded for lunch, go early. Banh Xeo kicks a**.


23 Jen September 25, 2011 at 3:31 am

Try Cake Envy in Seattle! They just opened in a wonderful space (free wifi!) with delicious cupcakes, tea sandwiches, coffee, and bubbly!


24 Abdul Hannan September 26, 2011 at 1:23 am

yum! this is such a nice way of making lamb and the salsa is just awesome….

……just started learning Spanish so i could understand the greetings…….. :P


25 Nan September 28, 2011 at 6:05 am

Great video and a compelling story to boot! What fun to hang out with Penny and Flor. I just shot my first video with my droid. Can’t believe the quality of video these smartphone produce! Right in our pockets they sit and are sooo powerful! Amazing… What did you use for a tripod for the last breakfast scene?


26 Shaheen [The Purple Foodie] October 2, 2011 at 10:57 am

Such a beautiful video!


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