“San Francisco itself is Art. Every block is a short story, every hill a novel. Every home a poem, every dweller within immortal.” – William Saroyan
For me, there is no quote that describes San Francisco better than this one. Every day I am there I start shooting early, as the sun rises, eager to explore. This isn’t a big city, but in the blink of an eye the sun has set and I have walked over 20 kilometres. My feet are sore, I am mentally and visually exhausted from shooting for so long, but I can’t bring myself to head back to the hotel because there is just so much to see and discover. This is a city full of life, a city that embraces you, and there is always one more block to explore, one more corner to turn, one more person to meet, one more photo to take.
Being a photographer in San Francisco is a wonderful thing. Here is another series of street images from my most recent trip there…
Note: The next photograph has a funny story: I pass through this tunnel on my way to Chinatown often and these steps have always intrigued me as a vantage point for a new photo. I finally made this one, which I like, but something felt off about it as soon as I clicked the shutter… like it felt familiar. It wasn’t until days later that I realized that my good friend Valerie Jardin had made a photo from this spot, which was published in one of her recent books. I was going to just delete it, but I think I will leave it here as an homage to a friend.
All images in this series were shot with Fujifilm X Series cameras, either the X100F or the X-Pro2 (using either the 23mm f/2 or the 50mm f/2 lenses). I can’t think of any other camera system I would want with me on the streets of a city like San Francisco, or anywhere else for that matter. 👍