BB reader: "Spot where Pink Floyd's 'Wish you Were Here' album cover was shot? I actually *am* here."

In the comment thread for my post about "The Making of Wish You Were Here" documentary, something worth a post all on its own. Boing Boing reader Donald Peterson writes...

Coincidentally enough, that cover photograph was taken directly outside my office here at Warner Bros, mere yards from where I'm currently sitting. The slightly diagonal buttresses to the far left are the lower walls of Stage 16, the big stage with the WB badge that you see in the "underwater" sepia logo at the head of recent WB movies. I'm in the eastern end of Building 44, immediately behind the camera and to the left.

Other than a slightly more attractive paintjob and a bit of landscaping at the far end of the street, the location is still perfectly recognizable.

Here's how it looked seven minutes ago.



    1. MOJO Magazine did a thorough investigation into the “Wish You Were Here” cover art a few months ago, with first hand accounts and stories of the photo shoot. I wanna say the issue came out Feb. of this year

  1. Was the wall at the end of the street shooped in, 70s style? Those trees look too big to have been nonexistent then, but maybe 30 years can do that to a plant.

    1. I don’t think so. It’s been 30+ years, and it’s totally plausible that the sort of trees used in landscaping here in Los Angeles would grow to that modest height in <3 decades.

      1. Wow, Xeni!  Had I known this picture was going to receive so much attention, I’d have borrowed a better camera, used a longer lens, and tried harder to mimic the original’s framing… now I’m embarrassed I just shot a casual snap with my crappy Android.  Anyway, glad you liked it.

        The wall in the background of the album is still there; it’s the side of Building 6, containing Dub Stages 5 and 6, and also the magnificent Eastwood Scoring Stage (named after Clint Something-or-Other).  Here’s a closer shot taken farther down toward the end of Avenue D.  I don’t know when the trees were planted, but they’re part of Steve Ross Plaza, a lushly landscaped walkway honoring the founder of Warner Communications, who died in 1992.  So I imagine the trees are close to twenty years old, but I wasn’t working here when they were planted, so I don’t know.

    2. Some trees grow three to six feet per year.  And that wall appears to have been removed in the intervening decades.

      1. Nah, I just used my Android’s camera, which tends toward a pretty short lens.  A longer lens was used for the cover photo.  A real photographer could probably identify it, but I’m just lucky my thumb didn’t show up in the frame.

    3.  I believe the wall in the background of the WYWH shot was torn-down at some point over the intervening years. What you’re seeing the “now” photo is the view past where the old wall once stood.

  2. Who cares about ugly studio lots in Hellholeywood. I’m more interested in where the underwater yoga photo was taken.

    1. There was a thing about that in one of the Pink Floyd documentaries I was watching last night. Short answer: Mono Lake, in California. Took the photographers an incredible amount of time to set up that difficult shot. Yoga model wore a breathing apparatus.

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