It’s been a while since my last post, but I decided to upload a gallery of my snaps from my latest trips to Portland and New York. Hopefully that quenches your thirst. I’m keeping busy right now, but check back for more from San Francisco!
I’m proud to call San Francisco my home. After 25 years of walking around the streets, mingling with the people, and eating the food, I’d like to think that I’m pretty well-versed in San Franciscan culture, although I’m not entirely sure if San Francisco culture is something you inherit or just pick up. Maybe it oozes off on you after you’ve been here a few years.
…but some days I wake up and I don’t recognize my own city
This isn’t to say that I know what’s going on in my own city though, especially in these current times. Just because I remember and know it in my way as a San Francisco native who has seen his fair share of change doesn’t mean I can describe the huge shift in things right now as they unfold. I’m not even sure what to call it, but some days I wake up and I don’t recognize my own city. Call it what you want – gentrification, entitlement, tech empires rising, the millennial invasion – San Francisco just doesn’t feel the same and it’s pretty confused as to what it wants to become.
I love you and I miss you. It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything here and right now, this feels right. I refuse to bore you all with the details and developments of my life. If you must know, just reach out to me. Otherwise, I’ll just pick up and continue as if nothing ever happened. Previously, I’ve posted a lot of my photography on this site because it’s something that I’m extremely passionate about. However, I’m cutting back on that a little bit because of my hectic schedule. I can’t even find time to post anymore!
I’ve also recently started http://1ft.in which I humbly urge you to check out. It’s dedicated to my newfound love for analog photography. Let me give you a little brief: my uncle on my father’s side of the family is a professional photographer who specializes in taking pictures of tourists and printing them off at a little kiosk in Hong Kong. My father is an interesting man and loved photography as well. In addition to being a harsh critic of my work, he was the one who gave me the tools necessary to fall in love with taking photos. He gave me his old Minolta and from then on, I was always dreaming about using film, whether it be the 35mm format or something larger.
I had the day off in the afternoon yesterday and wandered over to Stem, which just opened. I was particularly interested in the garden and wondered what kind of things they had planted. Now I know. The space is incredible and I had a great time with a pastry and a cup of coffee. After taking a look at the incredible greens they were growing, I was invited to play bocceball by a group nearby. GOOD STUFF! I’ll be back.
It’s been a while since I’ve had a full weekend to gather my thoughts and explore. A few weeks ago, I picked up a new mirrorless camera – the Sony a6000. I decided to take the plunge into mirrorless because it’s so compact, but still offers the quality and versatility that I want. I took my full camerabag on a hike in Oakland on Saturday, but ended up only using the Sony. The shots from my hike are all from the Sony. I shot in RAW and did a little bit of editing in Lightroom, but the results speak for themselves. It’s a great camera, although I’m still getting used to it’s quirks. Look for a full post on my impressions in the near future.
On Sunday, I stopped by Oakland Supply Co. before I got called into work. I picked up a Moss + Twig mini-planter for my airplant as well as a canvas lunch bag. I used to love bagged lunches (I know, it’s a thing) and now I can have a reusable one and relive my childhood!
I went to work in the restaurant this weekend and my shift started at 4:15 on both days so I had a little time to walk around. I didn’t want to lug my camera around both days, so I decided to take it out with me on Saturday and wound up taking these three pictures at Fourbarrel, one of my favorite places for coffee in San Francisco (especially early in the morning before the crowd has had a chance to awaken from their slumber). Something just drew me to the way people were using the coffeeshop so early in the morning and I had to take a snapshot of this. I’m still working on taking pictures of people and I think this is a good start.
Sunday was nice, hot, and mellow. I ended up going to Gracias Madres, back to Fourbarrel, and then finally to Bi-rite Creamery. I’m waiting to try Minako, which we put off for Cha-ya last time, but I think that’ll be next on the list. Can’t wait to try it out and please, look for that weekend’s gallery!