Several years ago I participated in a wonderful photography project called I Live Here: SF. I was one of the first to participate, seeing a post on a blog looking for people willing to be photographed and to share their “San Francisco story”. That was when I met Julie. Julie went on to photograph so many wonderful local people in so many different settings in San Francisco. The collection she came up with was amazing and it was exhibited as a solo exhibit at SOMArts as well as put up for awhile at San Francisco City Hall. I was thinking about this project recently because I went to SOMArts for something else and I wanted to take a look back at my part in the project.
The Photo Shoot
The full photo shoot, done in my North Beach apartment (where I lived at the time) and around the neighborhood there can be seen on Flickr. A few of my favorite shots:
My Japantown neighborhood is populated by tree-lined streets. Many of these trees seem to have wild mushrooms growing in them.
They pop up almost overnight, grow wild and then decay.
Although sometimes they disappear before decaying. I assume they get taken by urban foragers but I don’t really know for sure.
I’ve never been bold enough to try them myself but I love looking at them grow and change on my walks in the area.
Finally getting around to posting some photos from my fun time a few weeks ago at the Sha-Boom-Boom-Room drag/burlesque show at Rebel. I thought it was fun to see the two performance styles side-by-side in the same show; they are arts that have similarities and differences and it was great to juxtapose them in this fun way.
We recent got some much-needed rain here in San Francisco. Right after the rain all of the plants at the local park looked stunningly vibrant. None of these images were edited; they’re straight from the iPhone as I saw them.
Last week The Bold Italic shared some beautiful photography work that captured my imagination in so many ways. Three photo/videographers went up in a helicopter and got amazing images that you can see more of in the original post. My favorite (teaser) was this one from Michael Shainblum:
I took Lucy for a walk along Polk Street and looked for things to photograph.
I was playing around with the idea of finding just one thing to take a picture of and not taking any other pictures. I like this idea as it reminds me of the selectiveness I had when I would play with photography as a teenager, before the digital camera age, when film was expensive and I had to be picky about what I pictured.
In my Instagram photos recently I shared a snapshot of a portion of a mural that hangs on the external wall of my local library. What I didn’t share then was that I’d taken lots of other detailed photos from that mural:
“Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every man present his views without penalty there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.” – Einstein
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Late January marks the start of Cherry Blossom season here in San Francisco. It always makes me happy to see these flowers, which stay alive only briefly for this short part of the year.
While the rest of the country was immersed in snow, things here were mostly nice weather wise. We decided to embrace this by renting a Zipcar and getting out of the city for a few hours.
First we had to climb the stairs on California Street to get the car …
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Recently enjoyed food and drinks, mostly from San Francisco restaurants:
Okay, actually I’m cheating on this one because all I had at Caffe Dolci was a coffee and I took a picture of this gelato cupcake because it looked amazing.
Lunches and Dinners
The first few are from a place in the mall in Japantown. You order meat and veg that you cook yourself at the table on a built-in grill. And I got a sake cocktail with fresh grapefruit juice, which you juice yourself at the table: