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.
My friend Thi, getting away with something subversive on the day of the dead.
Coolin’ out in the park
Saturday afternoon at Cafe Trieste
One of my favorite places in SF on a lazy afternoon
The band is back together in Chinatown
Oakland street party
Dancing and laughing in Golden Gate Park
Ladies who lunch in Russian Hill
Party still going in Oakland
Fine Dining in the Fillmore
Wheels down hands up in Oakland
Hmmm, now what? After the music in Golden Gate Park
Celebrating music together in the Fillmore
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.
The river of energy that flows through North Beach on a busy Saturday night.
North Beach has a strong cafe culture and Trieste is one of the oldest.
This is the view I saw 8 yrs. ago that convinced me I had to move
Man cannot live on kale alone
The Bay Bridge at night from my place
Saturday morning on Grant Street
North Beach is also the spiritual home of the Beat movement
One of the great bookstores in America 5 minutes from my house
The view of downtown from my street near San Antonio St.
Coppola wrote the Godfather here
Broadway and Columbus
You’re never far from a drink in North Beach
In true SF style, the Lusty Lady was the first unionized , worker owned club in the country
I have soooo many memories at this place . Calzone’s on Columbus
Coit Tower, one of my favorite landmarks as seen from Kearney St.
The first topless bar in the U.S. was this place. Some people have the Smithsonian, we got the Condor
North Beach style cipher
…not everyone works in tech. Just sayin’
I really love silly and fun street art.
Kearney and Boradway
North Beach in perfect light
Overlooking North Beach/Telegraph Hill
A look over North Beach from Russian Hill
Adam never stood a chance
A look through North Beach to Downtown via Chinatown
This pretty accurately sums up North Beach’s weekend mentality
Open air Jazz
The church overlooking Washington Sq. Park
This sums up the weekday mentality
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.
I absolutely love when art is hyper detailed and realistic
As I’ve said, SF=pants optional
Just another party in the Haight
I’m so bored with your start up
This is one of my favorite pieces.
Pretty hilarious since SF is one of the wealthiest cities in the country.
Another mural elf in their natural habitat
If I could paint, I’d paint stuff that looks like this. Love it.
You see a lot of people like this in SF
I love that a guy wearing a pimp hat can be an activist
I love the colors on this one. Its like it photohoped itself
What’s hotter than a girl on a bike? Nothing.
and Emmet Till, and Diallo, and King and X and Oscar Grant and …
This one is weird and fun like SF itself
This is one of the freakiest and most off-putting and disturbing pieces I’ve seen so of course, I had to photograph it
This is actually a small canvas in the garage of the artist in the Mission
I love when girls wear hats like this
This looks like something that would fit in well in my hometown of San Antonio
If you wake up with expression on Saturday morning its because you had a good Friday night
Mural in North Beach. The best neighborhood in the best city
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).
This is one my favorites. The color, the expression, the detail, all made me stop and stare..and double check that I still had my wallet.
This is probably my favorite image. The expression, location, composition, detail are all just perfect.
I’m not much of a comic book fan but seeing this kind of image on this scale makes you feel as if you’re in one of the panels and things are about to get awesome.
It ain’t all suds and games in L.A. You foam the wrong bottle and it can get very real very quick.
There is always room for this guy right?
I love the idea that someone thought “you know what this filthy alley needs? A giant panda.” They were right.
Remember Sad Girl from the movie “Echo Park”? So does this artist.
Definitely a guy you don’t want to meet in a dark alley. Fortunately it was daytime…and he is paint.
This is not my favorite style but I think that people who like this kind of work would think its really well executed.
I’m on the right. The guy on the left is a street artist who look so emblematic of the L.A. street artist I had to get a shot with him.
I love this one for all kinds of reasons. Whats yours?
I’m not a player I just crush a lot.
Not my favorite but it seemed to want to be photographed so I did.
Best garage door ever
For some reason I feel a kinship with the rat on the right
Hekyl and Jekyl
Fun, skillful and makes you smile instantly. What else do you need?
Sometimes you just need freaky for freaky’s sake
If you have a clue as to what this is I’d love to hear it.