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...

Brickwork with ring

A nice detail in the South End Historic District.  (I believe this was once the location of Moore Shipbuilding.)

Red window frames

I don't recall this building being so colorful in the past...

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Autumn floral joy

After enjoying a Flower Piano performance, I took a walk in the foggy botanical garden with a friend, and enjoyed some gorgeous colors in the relatively low light.  We are so LUCKY to live in a climate that can support so many plants from around the world!

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Duochrome (after my chores were done)

I took a break from the extremely boring business of backing up my photography archives to go out into the late afternoon sun and shoot some high-contrast photos.

The shadows were harsh in a very satisfying way!

The defective Polaroid cartridge that I decided to salvage myself (by disassembling it, swapping out its battery for one from a recently used cartridge, and reassembling it) did work, but the vignetting was terrible, because I'd done the swapping in subdued light (rather than a darkroom) after having the new battery get caught on the metal sprint that pushes the images forward...  I think I learned enough from that to be able to perform that fix in a darkroom if I ever need to again, so I can get better results.

I like geometric patterns

I have photos of this building going back to the early 80s.  (Not that I can find those.)

Far from the train

I must have known this was a Southern Pacific building in the past, but I've thought of it as One Market for so long, that I'd forgotten.  

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Monday, September 6, 2021

Mist and mirrors

We, an area specializing in fog, have been under fog advisories for a few days, and... it's pretty impressive.  It's not just being unable to see to the corner of my own street; it's having the beach disappear, or having surfers fade into and out of the mist...

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Preview appreciation

I enjoyed people enjoying the Joan Mitchell member preview at SFMoMA.

I hadn't known Mitchell's work well, and this is a great show.  I realized I have a strong preference for her work that has a sort of center, and forms similar to trees.  I also liked her smaller work, which also had very bold strokes - it wasn't scaled down unnecessarily.  

It was quite a contrast to visit the Agnes Martin room first, and then the Mitchell show, to see the wild RANGE of things that can be considered abstract expressionist.  (I lean more toward Martin, and/or fewer colors, and/or specific geometries.)

Curves below E Kelly

Three curvy shadows!

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Tuesday night organization projects

It's so cute that people think artists live very glamorous lives...  maybe the monetarily successful ones do.  But I am looking for something in my archive, and my archive isn't quite as complete as I had believed it was...

1076 (DC Streetcar)

A long-time favorite.  

Reflection (filters make it more blue)

Those deep bay greens are not as alluring to my filter options, I see...  I like all the white lines (from the reflected pier structure, out of frame), and am trying to figure out if this does look like a painting I could achieve...

Monday, August 30, 2021

Fun Duochrome Day

Today was a fun vacation day. I bumped into an old friend! I got to pet friendly bulldogs! I got to take photos! I visited some sculptures I hadn't seen before! I was able to leave the fog belt, and then run back to it in the late afternoon!

I have one defective film pack (I suspect the battery is dead), and I need to decide whether to ask for a replacement, or try to fix it myself.  (The odds of me fixing it correctly aren't good, but would be faster than waiting for a replacement...) Hmmm...

Sample of my Duochrome today: 
I did plan on photographing UCSF's Owens Street Garage, which I've previously described as a place where Darth Vader would park, and I meant that in a good way!  It turns out that is also by WRNS Studio. My previous visits (not today) were clouded by wildfire smoke.  I'm sure I'll try again another day.

Red veins

Cable ends, cable stays

Taking the available edge of the lot

We don't waste space.

Reflected skyway

Inside of Orbital

This is inside of a work I encountered for the first time on today's walk in Mission Bay, which is Orbital by Futureforms (  Their photos of this, and the planning photos, are much, much better than this one.

Great garage screen

This is a detail from one of the three decorative garage facades that I enjoy in Mission Bay, in and around UCSF.  

This one is called "Cellular Origami," and it's by the firm IwamotoScott (  Their website has other pleasing geometric projects!

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Friday, August 27, 2021

Great morning at the Asian Art Museum

I had a wonderful morning at The Asian (, and it truly felt like a vacation day!

The special exhibit, teamLab's Continuity, pulled me in, but I also toured the permanent collection, because I love it.

In this collage, which captures a small sample of what I enjoyed: 
  • top left: Woman's Robe with Dragon Medallions, 1850-1900, China gallery
  • top center: scene from Continuity
  • top right: visitors enjoying Yun Suknam's work, in Korea gallery
  • center: Sekino Jun'ichiro's Fujieda: Wheat Field at Twilight, 1962, in the Japan gallery, and I am very excited by this artist's prints: there is a thing he does with elevation (a straight-on view) that we do in drafting school, and that my favorite documentary photographers also do with buildings, that this artist does with color in a way I REALLY LOVE, so I need to see more
  • bottom left: horse decoration in the permanent collection, which I like to scope out for things to sketch in person
  • bottom center: another scene from Continuity
  • bottom right: Xu Xi's Night Market in Old Chongqing, 1982, China gallery.  I love her use of density, the way she filled the background (non-traditional in an exciting way), the urban density and mood she portrays...  it's just GREAT!
Continuity was even better than I expected.  There are various 'immersive' art shows out there based on projection, but this one was (a) quite interactive, as in I enjoyed watching a school of fish part and pass around walking visitors, and touched kanji to watch them transform into other images, (b) technically sophisticated from a programming, projection, and equipment standpoint, as some of the images moved through the galleries in a nearly seamless way, which involves lots of complex ceiling-wall-floor geometries, (c) really beautiful - the images, colors, and movements were quite lovely.  The other visitors were also DELIGHTED.  I recommend it highly.

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

425 (concrete lounge)

I had passed this location while they were putting it in, and I couldn't figure out what it was based on the walls alone...  and I still wouldn't know, if it weren't for the furniture.

I tried lounging on the concrete lounge to the left, and it was okay.  BYOC (bring your own cushions).

Ideal 1980s drawing (concrete curve)

The Maritime Union Rincon Hill mini park opened, and so I can finally approach this from the east.  (I used a filter to adjust the color, which is something I rarely do...)

Light stripes


Sunday, August 22, 2021

Bees and Roses

I have many more images of bees (or yellow jackets, or other bee-adjacent insects) hanging out in roses, but they aren't all smiling for the camera, so I'm not sharing them all here.

Friday, August 20, 2021

Sunflower (seed development)

It is neat to see the blossoms before they turn to seeds this close.

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Smoky skies have low contrast (Duochrome)

When I saw sunlight on my curtains this morning, I was eager to get out and shoot some more Polaroid (Originals / Impossible) Duochrome, but the sky is filled with smoke, and so I can't get the contrast I want.  The light has a baby-aspirin-orange cast.  Shadows are present, but muted.  The sky is an ambiguous color - not blue, not gray, not quite as poetic as a William Gibson reference to a dead screen - and so I'll need to wait patiently for cleaner air before I revisit the scenes I'm eager to shoot.  

(I'm sure I've noted it before, but the building is Mira by Studio Gang.)

Multi-texture/color entrance

Modular screen

I like this screen.  I intended to shoot it in Duochrome today, but the sky is too smoky to get the contrast I want. (I'll post about the architect who designed this in a future post.)