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San Francisco: Point Reyes National Seashore

My friend, Bill, suggested a trip north to the Point Reyes National Seashore, about 30 miles (50 kilometres) northwest from San Francisco. A worry was the weather which in the middle of winter can get foggy and windy. The National Park Service description states:

(The Point Reyes Lighthouse …) still stands in its original location, having weathered over 135 years at what is considered to be the windiest, foggiest location on the US west coast.

Not entirely encouraging.

But on this New Year’s Day, the sun was out, with temperatures in the low- to mid-60s F (+15 to +18C), a good breeze, and no fog in sight, providing ideal conditions to hang out along the Pacific Coast.

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San Francisco on the last day of 2011

Above/featured: BART station El Cerrito Plaza, at sunrise.

Dropping off my friend at 830am at SFO Airport on their way to México was a great opportunity to have a look at the airport itself. Even better was catching some visuals within the city on a relatively quiet day …

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Art day in San Francisco

29 December 2011.

It’s always gratifying and enlightening to discover “new” photographers. I saw for the first time photographs by Fred Lyon, Fan Ho, and Francesca Woodman, even though their work has been around for some time.

After feasting on dim sum in Oakland, we waddled onto a BART train to head across the Bay and into the City. The first stop was 49 Geary. How had I not discovered these galleries in previous visits to San Francisco? After roaming through a couple of galleries, we arrived at the Modernbook Gallery, where I learned about Fred Lyon and Fan Ho.

Fourth-generation San Francisco native Fred Lyon photographed a diverse set of subjects including work with the U.S. Navy, advertising, design, fashion, food, travel, and wine. His photos of people and daily life provide a portrait of San Francisco in the 1940s and 1950s, as published in “San Francisco Then”. You can discover his work here, here, or with a short 3-minute video here.

Based out of Hong Kong, Taiwan, and California, Fan Ho is a long-time photographer, actor, and director. Mostly self-taught, he photographed people and daily life in Hong Kong in the 1950s and 1960s. At the risk of overusing the phrase, one look at Fan Ho’s work may remind you of Henri Cartier-Bresson and the “decisive moment”; it’s about being patient and about being at the right place at the right time.

We made the short walk to the Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) where we witnessed the photographic work by Francesca Woodman. I think her work is amazing, but two obvious questions arise:

  1. Is my impression of her work coloured by her suicide?
  2. Would we have even heard of or known about her work?

There are no easy answers. The SFMOMA’s own description of the exhibit reads:

SFMOMA: Francesca Woodman (1958-1981) was an artist decisively of her time, yet her photographs retain an undeniable immediacy. Thirty years after her death, they continue to inspire audiences with their dazzling ambiguities and their remarkably rich explorations of self-portraiture and the body in architectural space. This retrospective, the first in the United States in more than two decades, explores the complex body of work produced by the young artist until her suicide at age 22. Together with Woodman’s artist books and videos, the photographs on view form a portrait of an artist engaged with major concerns of her era — femininity and female subjectivity, the nature of photography — but devoted to a distinctive, deeply personal vision.

ArtInfo has a story here, and the SF Gate/The Chronicle also writes about the exhibition.

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San Francisco: Ferry Building

Above/featured: 8am.

San Francisco is one of my favourite cities to visit, and, if you haven’t been, the city should be on your list, too.

Every time I’m in San Francisco, one of my goals is to visit the Ferry Building – whether it’s to take a ferry across the Bay, sample some food, or have a coffee and watch people, it’s a beautiful way to spend the afternoon, rain or shine.

Built in 1898, surviving the 1906 and 1989 earthquakes, and having endured being “hidden” behind the double-deck Embarcadero Skyway from 1957 until its demolition in 1991, the Ferry Building is not only a landmark for visitors, but is also to local residents a hub for transport and commerce.

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San Francisco: Port of SF, Pier 14

San Francisco’s present-day waterfront and port facility remains important as

… a public enterprise committed to promoting a balance of maritime, recreational, industrial, transportation, public access and commercial activities on a self-supporting basis through appropriate management and development of the waterfront for the benefit of the public.”

At a length of 194 metres or 637 feet, Pier 14 on The Embarcadero reopened in 2006 as a pedestrian-pier built on top of the breakwater which was used to protect ferries entering the nearby ferry terminal.

With mostly clear skies on a crisp quiet late-morning, I made my way to Pier 14 and snapped the following photos.

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Or perhaps you came from the nearby Ferry Building, about which I write here.

I made the photographs above on 28 December 2011 with the Canon EOS450D (XSi) camera and the 18-55mm kit-lens. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at as

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