I got a call last month for another New York Times "Surfacing" column. Was so surprised to hear that I was to photograph my neighborhood....(disclaimer: there are several places not mention, one being my favorite stomping ground, the Pizza Place on Noriega. This column allows only for 5 different locations. So i know the writer must of had such a hard time choosing).
Outer Sunset is such a small community...many surfers, artists, skaters, and families. We - my boyfriend George, our dog, Reese and I are so fortunate to finally move back to the area and get to know our neighbors. yes we take long walks on the beach and stumble home from the bar around the corner. we can even smell a beached whale from on-shore winds. and the days of bright blue skies and no wind are just magical. There is a reason why it is called the Sunset...Unfortunately, the weekend I shot this assignment, it was dumping rain. all. day. long.
Historically the Outer Sunset was called "Carville" before homes from the 40s were built, during the era of the Cliff House and Sutro Baths. It was a graveyard for street cars (trains). People eventually converted these street cars into homes. And soon after development began and families moved to the beach.
See pictures in the NYT: In San Francisco, a Bleak Neighborhood Is Revived
Below is a slideshow of the images, including outtakes: