SF-On the Street

Had the pleasure of going into the city to see a dear friend…and of course to be photographic observer. I have to admit that since I have started this project, I find myself feeling a bit like a beauty stalker…a hunter, peering out from behind a lens…how can I catch that perfect unconscious moment, ask for the right angle, and hopefully the light will provide?! When I step off the ferry, and into the city, I feel overwhelmed with possibilities. Everywhere I turn, I can see a story being played out…a life being lived. The grace and humility of it all astounds me, and leaves me craving more.

This batch of photographs was truly my attempt to catch people mid action, in their element…Is it possibleĀ  to piece together a picture of how the city moves and breathes, by stringing these images together? I almost see it like a living strand of pearls, each images complimenting the next, and essential for a complete thread to arise.

As much as I love shopping for books online, can this ever be replaced by the simple joy of holding a stack of books in your hands, and palming through haphazardly? In my life, the roaming and perusing of bookshelves is a dearly loved pastime. In that spirit, this young man caught my eye. With a contemplative gaze and curious fingers, this stack of books captured him completely.

Walking down the streets of SF is always an experience for me. So many things to take in and absorb, almost complete sensory overload on occasion. I found myself approaching a crosswalk, and looked up to see the most amazing legs, demurely crossed and waiting for the light to change. Their owner was simply passing the time, until the flashing man gave the okay for further movement, towards a said destination. But in the meantime, why waste the opportunity for a natural yet graceful pause? Being witness to this moment, was breathtaking. I can a piece, a small window into this individuals approach to life, by how they approached a traffic signal. In many ways a tiny detail, that sets the tone for everything to follow.

There are times when I see someone that I would like to take a photograph of…but then almost chicken out. This was one of those moments for me. I spotted a very beautiful young woman taking down her street fair stall. Allow me to introduce Topi, from Topi Hat Designs (You can find her booth on Market, near the ferry terminal on a weekday afternoon). I was captivated by her sense of style and warmth, two of the most important and not necessarily contradictory elements that a woman needs to survive the city. Her flower scarf and the simple orange-y pink earring dots that she was wearing complimented her skin tone and glowing smile. Somehow this city can allow the most cheerful and brightest of flowers to bloom, even on the cloudiest of days.

I would like to take a moment to pause and thank everyone I have photographed for their kindness and ease with my peering into their lives. It has been a pleasure to meet all of you, and I am grateful for the continuing inspiration. Also to the people who have been following my blogging and evolving thoughts , it is much appreciated. It has been my observation that sanity can come in the shape of simply laughing and relaxing into oneself…I hope that my blog can embody these elements, and be quite simply, a joyful indulgence of the senses.

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