LA Photo Trip

Here is a photo-based story of my recent week in LA where I squeezed in the following: historic sites of Fender (guitars and amplifiers) , Native American Pow-Wows, Joshua Tree Park, Iconic 70s Music Venues featuring bands of today, Venice Beach (skateboard, basketball etc), a building used in the filming of Blade Runner (1) and some other things I hope you find it interesting, informative and at times amusing! 

 107 South Harbor Blvd, Fullerton LA. The front of Leo Fender’s former workshop which he used from 1944 until 1951. It was from here that he repaired amplifiers, installed Car Stereo systems and started to build and repair guitars

107 South Harbor Blvd, Fullerton LA. The front of Leo Fender’s former workshop which he used from 1944 until 1951. It was from here that he repaired amplifiers, installed Car Stereo systems and started to build and repair guitars

 The rear of Leo Fenders workshop in Fullerton. A mosaic has been added as a tribute to Fender.

The rear of Leo Fenders workshop in Fullerton. A mosaic has been added as a tribute to Fender.

 500 South Raymond Avenue, CA. Here is the site where Fender made guitars and amplifiers from 1954 to 1985

500 South Raymond Avenue, CA. Here is the site where Fender made guitars and amplifiers from 1954 to 1985

 Pow-wow event. This was also a ‘Veteran day’ event as many Native Americans served in US Forces during WW1/2, Vietnam , Iraq etc. 

Pow-wow event. This was also a ‘Veteran day’ event as many Native Americans served in US Forces during WW1/2, Vietnam , Iraq etc. 

 It was a total honour to meet Native Americans. The man here has ancestory going back to Standing Rock.

It was a total honour to meet Native Americans. The man here has ancestory going back to Standing Rock.

 I was very surprised to find a Dave from Birmingham UK amongst the dancers! He told me there are groups in the UK who are dedicated to Native American culture and history.  Dave is a brilliant dancer and is now a US resident.

I was very surprised to find a Dave from Birmingham UK amongst the dancers! He told me there are groups in the UK who are dedicated to Native American culture and history.  Dave is a brilliant dancer and is now a US resident.

 Walking around the outside of the building I saw this flag behind some window grids and thought it was a very symbolic image of the Native American status.

Walking around the outside of the building I saw this flag behind some window grids and thought it was a very symbolic image of the Native American status.

 At the 2nd Pow Wow I attended, the dancing was more energetic and ritualistic. 

At the 2nd Pow Wow I attended, the dancing was more energetic and ritualistic. 

 A taste of history

A taste of history

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 Having trouble acclimatising to the 8 hour time difference, I wandered out at 3am to paint some light on this vintage bus using my iPhone torch, with my camera on a very long exposure. Can you see me darting around shining the light on different parts? No? The passing night time lorry drivers did and wondered what on earth...

Having trouble acclimatising to the 8 hour time difference, I wandered out at 3am to paint some light on this vintage bus using my iPhone torch, with my camera on a very long exposure. Can you see me darting around shining the light on different parts? No? The passing night time lorry drivers did and wondered what on earth...

 Joshua Tree Park. 429,690 acres of protected land, where Native Americans and Gold Diggers once lived/wandered. Amazing scenery, haunting and requiring a healthy respect for potential dangers such as Flash Floods, heat exhaustion by day, hypothermia by night. Rattle Snakes, scorpions, Californian Mountain Lions and occasionally the 'California Black Bear'. People still die here and there is NO mobile coverage. If you are bitten by a Rattler (I heard plenty but we mutually agreed not to meet) you ideally need to be seen within 30 mins. That could go horribly wrong if you are lost. 

Joshua Tree Park. 429,690 acres of protected land, where Native Americans and Gold Diggers once lived/wandered. Amazing scenery, haunting and requiring a healthy respect for potential dangers such as Flash Floods, heat exhaustion by day, hypothermia by night. Rattle Snakes, scorpions, Californian Mountain Lions and occasionally the 'California Black Bear'. People still die here and there is NO mobile coverage. If you are bitten by a Rattler (I heard plenty but we mutually agreed not to meet) you ideally need to be seen within 30 mins. That could go horribly wrong if you are lost. 

 Pushing my luck I saw this looming and waited. Maybe a bit longer than I should have as it soon got dark and I had to get back to my car swiftly.

Pushing my luck I saw this looming and waited. Maybe a bit longer than I should have as it soon got dark and I had to get back to my car swiftly.

 Firstly, the Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia), is not a tree. Nor a cactus. It’s a member of the agave family. Secondly the album cover for U2's album of the same name was not taken at Joshua Tree Park, but 200 miles away near Death Valley. Sadly Dutch music-venue manager Guus Van Hove and his German wife Helena Nuellett, died in Joshua Tree Park from heat exhaustion - looking for the album cover tree.

Firstly, the Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia), is not a tree. Nor a cactus. It’s a member of the agave family.
Secondly the album cover for U2's album of the same name was not taken at Joshua Tree Park, but 200 miles away near Death Valley. Sadly Dutch music-venue manager Guus Van Hove and his German wife Helena Nuellett, died in Joshua Tree Park from heat exhaustion - looking for the album cover tree.

 Barker Dam, was created in the park by early cattlemen, including CO Barker, in 1900. Stolen Cattle were often herded into this wilderness until sold in the towns.

Barker Dam, was created in the park by early cattlemen, including CO Barker, in 1900. Stolen Cattle were often herded into this wilderness until sold in the towns.

 Another view of the dam.

Another view of the dam.

 A desert water trough

A desert water trough

 Gold and Oil attracted settlers towards Californian deserts. Much of their machinery and mine shafts can still be seen strewn across the park.

Gold and Oil attracted settlers towards Californian deserts. Much of their machinery and mine shafts can still be seen strewn across the park.

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 Petroglyphs left by Native Americans, were not clear enough for a Hollywood film production team so they coloured them in and added to them. Unforgivable.

Petroglyphs left by Native Americans, were not clear enough for a Hollywood film production team so they coloured them in and added to them. Unforgivable.

 Back to LA and ‘Downtown’ (is what they call the city centre). I wonder if you can claim if this fell on you? It’s ok my relations have made sure it is v strong.

Back to LA and ‘Downtown’ (is what they call the city centre). I wonder if you can claim if this fell on you? It’s ok my relations have made sure it is v strong.

From The Bradbury Building below, as used in the filming of Blade Runner (1) through iconic music clubs; featuring great young artists, onto Venice Beach, I will let you scroll on without any more waffle from me, other than this great quote I heard in a local country/blues bar near to my motel.
The singer was telling us about an outback club they played where the manager laid some food on for the band, but only had chicken or beef. One of the band was vegetarian and asked if he had any other food, like salad? He replied:
“That ain’t FOOD, that’s what food EATS!”
As a vegetarian myself, even I laughed out loud too and was tempted to use it on the plane home when I was presented with a tiny bowl of green leaves. But thought better of it!  Yee-Haw!
 

Alan Barnes