Another picture from Market Street in San Francisco. A long-exposure photograph is a great data-collection tool. It can reveal how much interaction there is with any given subject: the more people are in a given area the stronger their traces become in the picture, or the longer people stay in one spot the more solid their features appear. In this case, no-one was interacting with the homeless person that was rolled into a blanket behind his wheel chair. Yet, a few people passed by so closely to him that they nearly stepped onto the pizza box lying next to the wheel chair.
I took this picture yesterday on Market Street in San Francisco. Usually people ignore beggars and panhandlers, and pretend that they are invisible. With this shot I wanted to show that people in need are a fixed part of the daily life of every society and especially in San Francisco. To someone begging for money the stream of people walking by must seem like an army of ghosts, in the sense that the rushing masses don’t want to interact with them.
Last week we went bouldering in Yosemite National Park. Well, my friend Cyril braved the cold and bouldered, while I took pictures. We had anticipated that it would be chilly, but we hadn’t expected to see so much snow. When it said “Snow chains required” at the park entrance, we thought about turning back. However, when the park ranger at the gate said: “You should be fine with winter tires. It’s up to you!”, we gave it a try and made it to Yosemite Village in no time. There weren’t a lot of boulders free of ice and snow, but we found a couple on which Cyril could warm up and try out some moves.
We found out last week that the bay area can become quite cold at night. The drop in temperatures turned the humidity in the air to small ice crystals and covered everything with a sparkly layer of frost. I took this picture on a scouting trip to the Blue Oak Ranch Reserve shortly before the sun melted all the ice again. I liked the contrast between the big spikes of this plant and the tiny crystals that formed on them.
Taken on the 4th of January at the Marin Headlands. The trace was produced by about 10 cars and a couple of bicycles going up and down on Conzelman Road over the period of 5 minutes and 15 seconds. In the back you can see parts of Berkeley on the other side of the bay.
The Golden Gate Bridge and downtown San Francisco at sunset yesterday. When I watched the light change and I saw these warm colors, I realized how much I look forward to the summer with its mild evenings. Now we still have the disconnect between the colors and the chilly temperatures when the sun goes down. Well, I’m definitely getting spoiled here. When we arrived in California I was truly happy that the temperatures were above freezing, and now it cannot be warm enough.
This shot is also from Pomponio State Beach and would not have happend without Pleuni pointing this boy out to me. Thanks a lot, my love! When the sun was setting, temperatures dropped below 45 ºF/7 ºC, but this boy was just playing tag with the waves, oblivious to the cold. Well, he wore a beanie.
It’s wonderful that children don’t have the same prejudices/anticipations/expectations as many adults, me included. They can so easily challenge the status quo, because they don’t know that there is one.
We celebrated the beginning of 2013 at Pomponio State Beach and were welcomed by a beautifully breezy surf and nice waves crashing into the rocks. I really enjoy being at the shore, and especially at this one, because it has such strong contrasts.
Everybody seems to be doing it: the reflection on the past year. So, here is mine: 2012 has been an incredible year.
I know, everybody seems to say so. Somehow we are better at remembering the nice parts and suppressing the bad things. But try as I might, I cannot remember a negative thing about 2012. There have been big changes in our lives, but they were good changes. Some of these are reflected in my favorite images of 2012, which you can find on my new Favorites page.
We moved out of our apartment in Somerville, Massachusetts, and put all our things into storage. We spent two months traveling Malawi, Uganda, Kenya, and Ethiopia, visiting family and friends. We worked there with amazing people and projects. And we eventually finalized our move to California. The Bay Area is an incredible place, with a high variety of types of people, landscapes, climate conditions, and animals. We are slowly settling into our new lives and will keep you posted on the small and the big things…
Thank you very much for following my blog and a Happy New Year!
Getting lost is a good thing, at least for me. Well, not if I have an urgent appointment, of course. If I have time, I enjoy taking the little paths and to explore the side routes, which lead me to unexpected views and places. If I don’t have a particular destination in mind, I walk more slowly, pay more attention to my surroundings, notice the little things, and in this case the big ones, like the Zuiderkerk (the southern church). This view is close to what Monet saw when he painted Zuiderkerk in Amsterdam in 1874. Like with many other old buildings I am amazed by what the master builders and craftsmen managed to construct so many generations ago (the Zuiderkerk was built between 1603 and 1611).