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:
Since our move back to SF, I'll be taking on a new project documenting the small community out in my neighborhood, the Outer Sunset, and its enigmatic coastline which lies along the western stretch of San Francisco facing the wide open Pacific Ocean. Its no southern california thats for sure, and we like it just the way it is.
This is sort of different than how i normally take portraits. i wasn't too sure on the reflective corrugated metal, and had trouble finding a better background because it was about high noon and the sun was not working in my favor. or maybe i just wasn't working the sun, but anyway, i like this feel. the slight desaturated colors and contrast of the picture. and you know, the "fan" was really working well that day.
I'm working on a storyboard about a little surf town in Mexico and got distracted in making these images of local surfers for the blog to share. These guys have seen their little fishing village transform over the past 10 yrs to a tourist destination. And now, themselves have gained a little from the tourism, such as providing a business teaching surfing, or taking surfers out on charter boats, and family business of restaurants and bars.
too bad there were little to no waves but i had to go out and get some water shots of surfing. may-oct is considered the low season though depending on what storms are brewing out in the pacific, sayulita can see a few roll through. i'll be heading back in the high season sometime, with beau in tow, and maybe by then i'll actually have a more secure water housing unit for my camera!