Thursday, February 12, 2015

Labor dispute at Port of Los Angeles makes for fascinating pictures

Pictures of the labor dispute at the ports of LA and Long Beach. Copyright Michael Kelley /

Cargo ships have been backed up for weeks on end at the ports of LA and Long Beach amid a labor dispute.

The size of these ships blows the mind; many of them are over a thousand feet long.

We photographed them from anywhere between 200 and 5,500 feet, and even at this height the enormous size was something else entirely.

The haze and setting sun created an ethereal mood to all of the pictures

Cargoes from around the world are backed up right now

At the port itself, a traffic jam of trucks waits to get into load and unload cargo

I've never seen ANYTHING like this, even rush hour at the 405 doesn't look so bad.

Colorful and massive, this ship is over 1000 feet from end to end.

I love the tetris-like qualities of these ships when viewed from above

From this angle, the scale and size of the city and ships becomes quickly apparent

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