San Franciscans in Black and White

Here are a handful of shots of San Franciscans in black and white.  These are all shots I’ve taken during the course of wandering around the city. Some are friends, some are strangers but they all seemed interesting to me in the moment.


Straight Outta North Beach!

I’m often asked for my opinion on my neighborhood of North Beach in San Francisco. People outside of the city usually ask wanting to know what its like to live in a place that is always busy, usually beautiful, and seemingly equal parts wealthy and sketchy. San Franciscans from other neighborhoods ask while wanting me  to confirm their worst suspicions  (its filled with bridge and tunnel club kids and/or mouth breathing tourists) or their best   (its filled with great restaurants in one of the most fun  parts of the city).

North Beach is the quintessential San Francisco neighborhood because like the city itself, it is all those things. It was after hiking up the summit of Vallejo St. that I fell in love with the city. By the time I’d looped over to Coit Tower, Washington Sq. Park and  regrouped at City Lights Books, I decided that at some point in my life I had to live here.

I hope clicking through the photos in this  gallery will give you a sense of North Beach as I experience the  neighborhood. I hope you love our little village in the city and if you don’t, I hope you stay out so that the rest of us at least have a chance to get a table for brunch at Mama’s Cafe.

San Francisco Street Art

What kind of San Francisco resident  acknowledges anything good about Los Angeles without immediately pointing out that SF does it better? Enjoy these photos of San Francisco’s street art. These shots come from the Mission, the Haight, Chinatown and North Beach.

Los Angeles Street Art

Los Angeles is at the center of some of the most compelling and vibrant street art in the world.  If you want to be at the epicenter of the local scene, your best bet is to explore the alleys and side streets around Melrose and Fairfax in West Hollywood.  That’s  what I did recently during a photo-hunt to talk to artists, take in the local color, and find out what’s new on the streets (and walls, and doors, and roofs).