La Perdida was researched in the pre-digital era, so I have a big box full of fairly crappy photos that I used extensively.
Here are a few of them, and some of the places they showed up. Note that, in general, I’m using the photo for visual notes, not exact composition.
This kind of documentation proves invaluable for creating realistic environments and backgrounds that anchor a story in the time and place you are trying to evoke. Even seemingly banal scenes will come in handy later; remember, not every moment takes place in a stunning locale. And luckily, we now live in the digital age — no need to wait for the photos to develop! You can start drawing right after you take the picture, take multiple angles, and all without paying a cent.