Hi there — another big day all over the L.A. area. I accomplished a lot but still have Hollywood and Valley stuff to do tomorrow. I’m thoroughly exhausted from being up really late two nights in a row. What kills me time-wise is the night-time shooting. I had a couple of things I wanted to shoot tonight — but now way, another time, too trashed.
Let’s start with this ghost billboard sign. Somewhere on the Imperial Highway east of Hawthorne:
In Inglewood, there’s a little statue and doggie drinking fountain with a tribute to Penelope. It appears that Penelope was a Sheltie:
Here’s the inscription:
And for scale, here’s the very first group family portrait with the new kid. Left to right: Sputnik, Fix, Griswold & Gremlin. Oh and Sparkle is there on the far right — chugging along nicely on this trip with 342,000 miles now:
Another old Pep Boys sign — this one in Inglewood — and this store had the same terrazzo entrance. So maybe that was common at Pep Boys stores in California? I don’t remember seeing it at the ones in Pennsylvania.
Today’s big heartbreak. I took this photo in 2008:
The sign was knocked over by high winds in 2010 and could not be repaired. The sign shop and owner decided to build a replica sign. I was told it would cost about $30,000 and that it would look just like the old one. Well, I don’t know what happened — but this is what I found today. Just not the same at all…
This sign on Fairfax in L.A. at the Solid One Gallery tattoo studio & art gallery looks like it might have been a Norge Ball with the band removed:
The size looks right — it could have been painted. But, then again, it might just be a new plastic ball.
The former Darkroom is a heckuva lot easier to shoot now that the City came down on them for having tables & umbrellas on the sidewalk. The City wanted them to get a permit for $6,000 — which they won’t do. The facade’s giant camera is faced with black vitrolite (glass tiles). More about the Darkroom’s history here:
Stunning, Islamic Revival apartments in West Hollywood from 1925:
A rooftop ghost sign in downtown L.A. I have no idea what it said other than “Loan Co” and later “[something] Club”:
I made a pit stop for lunch in Echo Park. I’ve seen dozens of these Los Burritos stands around L.A. but I don’t think I’ve ever eaten at one. This one was adorably tiny so I pulled over and got my usual: a chile relleno burrito.
Sorry to report, I can only give this one a “C”. Pretty bland, watery beans, the cheese in the chile not gooey enough. But it was nice and filling and the dogs thought it was certainly great. Griz was a fussy eater a couple of weeks ago — but now he’s game for anything I offer him. Maybe he only knew dog food before.
This sign is at the Carpet Village in Hollywood. It’s pretty tiny and way high up — but I shoot just about anything with crowns:
Last one for the night — also in Hollywood. I went to check on the giant Easter Island Heads (or Moai, if you prefer). The prop house had a fire and these guys got scorched a bit but they are now safe behind the chain link fencing.
Tomorrow (Monday/Memorial Day), I’ll try to wrap things up by the afternoon to avoid getting bogged down in traffic heading home. I might be too beat to do the final blog post tomorrow night. So, that might have to wait until Tuesday. Til then — nighty night.