How A Camera Lens Made These Officers Have A Change Of Heart

Artist and photographer Jason Cordova has explored some of the most overlooked spots in his hometown of Los Angeles. And with every moment he captures, there is a story. Check out what happened when he ventured into a downtown L.A. alley.

As Cordova started taking some shots, he noticed he wasn’t the only person in the alley.


“I just happened to be there one afternoon. I was trying to catch some shadows and there was a man sitting there in his little corner, he had built his little shelter trying to stay out of the rain,” Cordova told mitú.

“As I’m standing there shooting, these two guys walk up. They’re part of the downtown L.A. security team. They start to ask me what I’m doing and I looked at them, like, ‘I’m in Los Angeles taking pictures, what the f*ck does it look like I’m doing?'”

Then the two security officers started to give the homeless man a hard time.

“They turn around and start harassing him, telling him that he needs to get out and move his stuff,” Cordova told mitú. “So I stood there and I took pictures of them, and hopefully I made them feel a little uncomfortable and made them think about how stupid and unnecessary it was what they were doing.”

“I understand there are rules and laws in our society, but at the same time I think the human heart at some point should be involved and kind of dictate your moves on a daily basis.”

Cordova told mitú, “Maybe the law is that people can’t sleep in certain places, but at the same time it’s raining and this man has nowhere else to go. The human heart at some point should take over.”


“As a photographer I’m just capturing moments. I’m just capturing the situations. There’s nothing I can really do, but at the same time I want to stay close. And let them know that man I’m not only watching, I’m documenting this. And they actually turned around and walked away.”

And having the officers walk away is exactly what Jason wanted.

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“I was just hoping by being really blatant and pointing that camera at them, that they would stop for a second, even just half a second. Like you know what, ‘what are we doing?’ The dude was just laying under a cardboard little hut so that he could stay out of the rain for half an hour.”

Whether being photographed simply made the two men feel uncomfortable, or whether being documented made them more conscious of their actions, the click of the camera is what helped change the situation. And Jason’s words are true, with everything that you do, no matter what it is, “The human heart at some point should take over.” ❤️

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