A couple of weeks ago, I met up with Sahar Sarshar to film a segment for ZirZameen, a Persian and English series she created about underground artists and activists. I wrote about it a little more ambiguously here (that’s Sahar in the first image). I even got to help with filming some of the b-roll! Take a look.
Here’s April’s Instagram Roundup. Two-thirds of these images were made in San Francisco. Most noteworthy is that little guy on the top right corner. His name is Zed. He’s a deaf Boston Terrier and a companion dog. His mom, who is awesome, runs Walk on, Pup!, a biologically appropriate, behaviorally sound daycare and walking program out of Oakland.
I’ve been following the pack on Instagram for well over a year, and when I asked if I could meet Zed while I was in town, momma agreed (because she’s badass). Her photos are pretty amazing. How do you even walk seven dogs and photograph the action at the same time? Check out Walk On, Pup! on Instagram, and if you’re not following me yet, click here.
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.
As I was preparing to fly to San Francisco to work on Live Through This (the first of many trips happening over the next year or two), the Associated Press published an article on suicide attempt survivors as prevention resources that featured the project. I think David Crary did an incredible job with it, and appreciate his thoughtful approach. Take a look.