Mr. Oleg Gladkoff
ABC Piano Co.
I met this man a few days ago. His name is Oleg Gladkoff. He runs ABC Piano Co. in North Park on El Cajon Blvd. I guess you could say that I have met him before, but that was in passing. I remember going into his store months ago, after driving by it, to browse around and check out pianos. Not that I actually have the money to buy a piano, let alone the space for it, but I have always had a fascination with those black and white keys. A few years back I took some piano lessons and enjoyed it, but not having an actual piano to practice on, quickly derailed that experiment. I remember going into ABC Piano Co. and asking the price about a couple of the ivory-keyed beasts and perusing for a few minutes at most.
What made me return to that store? Do I have the money or space for a piano? Negative. You see, I get ideas for paintings and photographs from out of nowhere usually. The other night I was watching television, and for no reason really, an idea popped into my head. I started to get ideas to shoot a piano. While I was thinking about the different shots I could get, I remembered that store. Then I started thinking about how it would be interesting to not only get shots of different pianos, but also possibly shooting some of the owner and hopefully getting him to play the piano.
As we continued to talk he showed me a picture that was taken of him in his twenties, which was published in The New York Times. Originally from Ukraine, he came to make his way to the United States. He told me about serving in the Army for a few years, how he lived and played the piano in New York and Boston, before coming out to San Diego.
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