The Golden Gate Bridge approach construction project is underway (Doyle Drive replacement), and has presented an interesting photo opportunity -- the entire area around the Park Presidio Pet Cemetery has been bulldozed and is under construction. Below are 4 photos from last week.
A whole roll of sprocket holes. 35mm film in a Holga 120 format toy camera. Tape. Rubber bands. The works. Go walk somewhere good, put the camera to your eye, and press the button. Develop and proof. Make a loupe out of a paper cup, put your eyeball up to the screen, and tell me what you see.
A few years ago my partner, Jen English, walked Every Street in Berkeley. Now she's back with a new blog called Car-Free Outdoors, with detailed information about outdoor adventures in the San Francisco Bay Area that are accessible using public transportation. The adventure begins when you leave your house, not after you drive to the trailhead. Last weekend we took BART from Berkeley to Balboa Park and walked through the Ingleside neighborhood of San Francisco, around Lake Merced to Fort Funston, and then up through Pine Lake and Stern Grove to West Portal where we jumped on Muni back to BART. Jen will have an article with route directions up on Car-Free Outdoors on Friday -- check out the RSS feed or follow @carfreeoutdoors on Twitter for updates. Until then, here's a more abstract version of the journey:
Last weekend we continued our project to walk every street in Albany, CA. The walk included the freeway frontage roads along Interstate 80. I wasn't sure what to expect, but the walk turned out to be an interesting intersection of traffic, industry, and commerce with a few forgotten creeks flowing here and there. The images below were photographed using 35mm film in a Holga medium format toy camera. Bonus points if you get the reference in image #4. Keep pressing the button and smiling!
At the end of May, we embarked on a project to walk every street in Albany, California. A Summer hiatus ensued, but has kicked back into gear. Last weekend we finished the streets along the Albany / El Cerrito border, and also walked all of the streets in University Village. About 3 more walks remain to cover part of Albany Hill, and the frontage roads along the freeway. The final walk will be at the Albany Bulb, which we're hoping to do on a dollar day at nearby Golden Gate Fields. The images below were shot on film using a Leica M6. Since switching from rangefinder cameras to digital SLRs in 2003, the Leica hasn't seen a lot of use. Every time I shoot with the M6 I wonder why I don't use it more often. What a simple pleasure to use a precision tool made of metal that has everything you need to make an image and nothing more. Of course 2 trips to the lab, $5 for a roll of film, $5 to develop, and $6 for a CD of low resolution scans explains a lot. Sure is nice to just simply shoot sometimes, without the all of the chimping and button pushing.
After a short hiatus from our Walking Every Street In Albany Project, this morning we continued the journey. For those familiar with the Berkeley / Albany area, today's walk was between San Pablo Avenue on the West, and The Alameda on the East. We walked a grid pattern between Solano Avenue and Marin Avenue.