With my many upcoming photoshoots planned this year, it was time for me to get some location scouting in. A friend recently suggested that I should check out the L.A. River. After doing some research, I found that artists of all kinds seem to find a way to utilize this mostly dried up river in the Industrial District of Downtown Los Angeles. In an effort to prevent flooding, the river bed has been paved with concrete. This has provided graffiti artists a canvas for their work for years now. The colorful walls, in conjunction with the gothic style architecture of the bridges and the old train tracks running parallel create a perfect backdrop for photographers to use.
So, yesterday I jumped in the car and headed downtown to the 7th street bridge. When I arrived, I wasn’t surprised to find a few other photographers and artists there already. When you make your way down to the river, the first thing you see are the old, rusty train tracks (which I love). Walk a little further, and you can make your way down into the river bed. The buildings of Downtown Los Angeles line the background of this scene. A collage of brightly colored concrete, gothic style bridges, and old train cars; the ideas just came pouring out of my brain.
And that was just the beginning. This location sits in the industrial district of Downtown Los Angeles. My curiosity was sparked, so I drove around the streets lined in more graffiti, random warehouses, and textile factories. Every turn I took came with more surprises. I can only describe the area as a bit mysterious while bursting with originality and creativity. I could have spent the entire day walking around taking photos and jotting down ideas.
The main reason I chose this area to scout first, is that I suspected it would be a perfect start for the new photo series I am constructing. I was so right, and I can’t wait to divulge more information on the theme of this new series. Stay tuned!