I spent the entirety of the week before last working on Live Through This in San Francisco, as I mentioned a couple of days ago. It was quite the test run, I have to say. I met 19 amazing humans with equally amazing stories. We met in coffee shops, bakeries, in the sunlight outside a Vietnamese sandwich shop, in Dolores Park (where I got half a sunburn). I worked with Wendi Koble of Swoon Films for two days. I even traveled to Oakland and Berkeley. I streamlined my process, learned more about my limits and the importance of self-care, and experimented with a tiny ethnographic-esque survey (thanks to my friends at the Neurocognition of Language Lab at Columbia University’s Teachers College).
In the evenings, I drank bloody Marys, spent too much money in bookstores, and drooled on things at Amoeba (I’m wearing my new Amoeba shirt, my one San Francisco souvenir, as I write this). The Meet & Greet was a pretty wonderful experience, too. It was the perfect mix of old friends and new friends. My only regret is that I didn’t get to have longer conversations with everyone, which was a running theme for the week. On the last day, I rested. At the beach. And it was good. Except for the part where we happened upon a pair of geese who were distressed because one of their goslings had gotten swept away by the water. By the time I realized the nature of their calls and made a rescue attempt, the gosling was no longer with us. I’m still sad about this.
While I did make 19 portraits which I will slowly unveil over time on the Live Through This website, I didn’t really have time to photograph much else. Here are a handful of my favorite shots from the trip: some from my North Beach pilgrimage to City Lights, some from our day at the beach.