Sunday, December 29, 2019
There are some "new" interpretive signs at the bridge atop Yerba Buena Gardens that heads toward the original Moscone center. It has great information on the old shoreline, and the archeology that has cropped up during construction work.
This map shows the names (used by archeologists? collected by Spaniards exploring the area?) of locals who were disrupted/displaced by the later arrivals, including the Spaniards, Mexicans, and Americans who took over the region.
(Whenever people talk about immigrants, I remember that I live on land that has been controlled by the Ohlone, Spain, Mexico, AND the U.S. We are the immigrants!)
I'm a fan of the Polaroid (Impossible) black and white now, though I can't say it makes sense to pay $2.25/frame retail. But the contrast is good, and it develops at a reasonable speed now.
My SX-70 didn't focus for the Jewish Museum photo (center top), but was able to handle some very challenging lighting conditions (the rightmost image), which was a photo of reflections in shade on a backlit building.
Thursday, December 26, 2019
Wednesday, December 25, 2019
Monday, December 23, 2019
Saturday, December 21, 2019
My parents love visiting the SF Asian Art Museum, and especially love the baskets. I think my father returns home from visits with dozens and dozens of basket photos... the collection is quite remarkable.
Really, I love the entire museum. I loved the building when it was the SF Main Library; I love Gae Aulenti's revision of it to accommodate the Asian Art Museum; and I love the colors of the rooms, the contemporary art intermingled with the antique art that it is referencing; and the depth of the sculpture collection. There is a lot to love!
So, after that power surge destroyed my refrigerator earlier this autumn, I had to reconcile with my film stockpile, which was more than 70 rolls/packs that suddenly thawed. But, I've been working so much and have been so tired, it took until quite recently before I could make a dent.
And then, when I got out for a photo walk with this Polaroid (yes, they relicensed the name again, basically to Impossible America, if I understand correctly) black and white for SX-70s, the clouds came in before I could get out all eight shots.
That next break in the weather will come!
Sunday, December 15, 2019
I went on a photo walk today, at least until giant clouds ruined all the good lighting that I was out to take advantage of. My wanders took me past the west-facing side of the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, where I was delighted to see a new art installation. Well, new to me: it's been there since spring.
It's by Joseph Kosuth, and this link (sf.curbed.com) has a very charming image of it in the evening, as well as some background information about how it was planned and funded.
Sunday, December 8, 2019
Noguchi was known for his creative take on traditional paper lamps, and I like reflections, so this little collage seems like a fitting summary of closing day at this great exhibit at the Asian Art Museum.
The Conservatory of Flowers here in San Francisco is fantastic by day, and recent lighting installations make it interesting in new ways by night!
The building came from a kit, was a gift to the City, and is now the oldest wooden conservatory in the U.S. The plants inside span multiple climate zones (I like the cool, misty, high altitude room especially), and are very well cared for.