Blacksmith Shop – Olvera Street, Downtown Los Angeles
Blacksmith Shop – Olvera Street, Downtown Los Angeles, California, USA
This image of a blacksmith shop on Olvera Street owned by Cruz N. Ledesma was shot while taking 12 weeks off from drumming to recover from an appendectomy in 1983. I felt good, but had strict orders from my doctor not to even look at a drum set for at least 10-12 weeks. With this in mind, my dog Icy Bear and I set out to roam the streets of Los Angeles looking for anything photogenic. Icy Bear liked butcher shops and fish markets best, and I preferred old buildings and people on the street so we met each other half way. I’m not sure which one of us had more fun.
It was at this time in my life that I began to think about photography as an alternative, if I ever was not able to play music. Years later, that day came.