Saturday, October 16, 2021

We Love Judy Chicago

SO!  Judy Chicago performed an ATMOSPHERE here in San Francisco, and I was lucky enough to be in the crowd.


The de Young put out a great video, which is a documentary of her past Atmospheres work AND the livestream of Chicago's local Forever de Young performance here.  I recommend this video in its entirety.  If you want to start with the local event, it begins just before the 54 minute mark.

It was a fantastic experience, and I feel so lucky to have been there! 

(I also gushed about this on my books/coffee blog.)

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Carp on a vermillion wall

An attractive house, with a friendly palm tree

It is just ADORABLE.  (In the Presidio, on Funston.)

Large cephalopods in the sky

I'm tempted to claim that the next photo is of the kite lifting up the man in the foreground, who looks like he is ready to dodge, but I don't want to imply that the octopus kite is anything but polite.

Loud noises in the sky

While I went out to see the Boat Tram (yes, I am that kind of person), which was running between the Ferry Building and the tourist piers, I was also able to see parts of the airshow, since they were not contained to the north side of town.  It felt like anywhere along the Embarcadero was a viewing area, whether you planned for that or not!

Streetcar glory

I left out Brooklyn and other streetcars that had tall vehicles in front of them, but you get the idea.  The streetcars were packed today, so I had no chance to ride on the boat tram, which was my entire plan.  It was just a silly plan to have on a day during Fleet Week (11 - 4ish) and with a baseball game (in the evening)!

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Friday, October 1, 2021

Rainbow vision

Cape Gooseberry (Physalis peruviana)

It boggles me that the first time I had these was in SWEDEN, even though they are grown in and are native to the Americas.

Somehow, they were available in my grocery subscription!  So I said hell yes.

They look like tomatillos, but taste like...  naranjilla (lulos)?  Okay, maybe those are just as rare locally as these.  Let's say... very sweet tomatoes.  If a tomato and a peach got together to invent a new fruit, maybe.  But a sticky one.

Not quite science

Photos taken through a children's toy lens.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Assorted Flavors: Curtain Wall with Louvers

Assorted Flavors: large wall

A block-wide industrial wall like this, kept clean and well painted, is... unexpected.  Not so much for the existence of the wall, but for the existence of an open lot beside it (which would ordinarily have been filled with luxury housing by now!).

Assorted Flavors: Glass Highrise

I rarely play with photo filters, since I have access to all the chemistry I need to make historic variations of prints.  I *do* see the appeal, sometimes, however.  

Marine Firemen’s Union frieze (or metope?)

The added color is really nice.  It's a shame that this style of art isn't so common now...

Historic industrial with brick

I really like the strange, triangular (in plan) driveways/cutouts in some of these old warehouses...  They are often marked with different colors, though not this one....  The utility pole business is off the charts in this area, and one here appears to be sprouting fire escapes (though it isn't).

You know how I am about brick buildings with fire escapes.

Jaume Plensa’s Overflow X

This sculpture is both strong and delicate...  I really love it.  Jaume Plensa's website has more great work! 

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Blue with angles

Street texture and scale, high traffic area

None of this is really at person scale, is it?  I waited for people to walk into the frame so you wouldn't mistake the openings for those of an ordinary garage door size.  I'm sure the drawings didn't make this obvious.

Historic bridge love, small bridge division

I don't know why I adore this little bascule bridge, but the Fourth Street Bridge is adorable to me.  (The same firm designed the Golden Gate Bridge, but there is no family resemblance here.)

Urban water

My neighborhood was completely gray while I was across town, taking this image...