San Francisco Photo Dork

Life in and around San Francisco through the viewfinder of Bhautik Joshi esq.
the assemblers were uncommunicativeAs seen in SOMA, San Francisco.
anonym synonymously allegorizingAs I was squeezing off a couple of candid shots at a distance on Market Street, Albertus Magnus approached.

“Hey man, I see what you’re doing there.. do you get a photo of their reaction after they’ve seen you too?”, Albertus asked. I wasn’t sure how to reply.

“I do like getting candid shots - just observing a slice of life without disturbing it - but sometimes I like to get up close.” Putting that into action then, “so do you mind if I get a portrait of you?”

“Sure thing man!” I walked with Magnus looking for a interesting spot to get the shot and we chatted. Albertus explained that he’s a visiting mystic from Long Beach, CA. By day he’s a performer and musician, but outside of that he’s out and about practicing his craft as a mystic.

“I love the positive energy here man.. I wasn’t sure how today was going to go but I was looking for a positive connection and whoa, just as I knew it San Francisco gave me one.” Albertus spoke with an infectious, laid back cadence and a broad smile. He loved to talk with his hands, and I asked him to show me to show me how he channeled energy with his hands.

“I see so many people with their hands close to their body but you gotta have them out here man, you gotta make contact.”

I thanked Albert for his time and got back to it.
parrot-fashion pedestrianise inapprehensionAlcatraz glamour shot, as seen in the Bay, San Francisco.
unlinks sordidnessShot with a 4x5 large format film camera [210mm] on Ilford HP5 (ISO 400). Scanned with a tablet as a light source, sandwich bag diffuser and a camera+tripod for actual image acquisition.
the cinematography was overburdensomeChanging the light-bulb for the sun, as seen at 5th & Mission, San Francisco.
boobooks elementally burblesAs seen in SOMA, San Francisco.
intwists heliozoansAs seen on Market Street, San Francisco.
foil bandoleersSuperyacht "A" anchored in San Francisco bay, just south of the Bay Bridge. Owned by Russian billionaire Andrey Melnicheno the heavily guarded boat has bomb-proof glass, a built-in disco and a helipad amongst other conspicuous luxuries.
multinominal gleek (part 2/2)After chatting with Monty I slunk over to have a chat with Romanowski, who was working on texturing the radial portion of the mural around the bears in the centre. From Basel, Switzerland, Romanowski is a DJ and a fixture on the local mural scene with a series of distinctive stenciled murals in the Haight.

Romanowski was back and forth along an intricately textured part of the wall, overlaying it with thick colour swatches from a spray can. I really loved the look of what he was painting over, so I asked what was up with that.

“I’m just experimenting with how it looks. I’m just playing with colour and texture to see how it will work with Monty’s bears.” The pair had a good experimental rhythm going and I was impressed at how loose the boundary between their individual work was. I asked them both about how neighbors were reacting to the new work going up.

“Sure, it’s pretty great. This area can get a bit funky sometimes.. Chor Boogie, who did the Eye mural that was here before had his paints stolen by a couple of guys. He chased them and they shanked him.”
multinominal gleek (part 1/2)Last Friday I came across Monty Guy (pictured right) and Romanowski (pictured left) putting up a new mural outside the old Hollywood Billiards store on Market between 6th and 7th. I got chatting with Monty first. I mentioned that I loved the California theme and asked them if they minded me asking a few questions.

I opened with asking how long it was going to take to go up.

“Oh, about 5 days - this is the second day we’ve been working on it”. Monty stepped back with his brush to eye off how it looked as a whole. “This is my first outdoor mural for me, and the first time I’ve used spray paint - yesterday was the first time I used it!”. 

Monty stepped back to the wall and talked about working with a different medium. “Thing is, the boards are super porous, and even with all the primer it’d take ages to layer on paint. I’m using the spray paint as a base which just sticks thickly to the boards and then layering on brushwork on top.”

The neighborhood had seen a lot of different murals along this stretch, and I asked about any comments he’d got from locals. “The locals here love seeing something new go up - there were a couple of murals that were up here for a really long time so they’re looking forward to seeing something different.”