24 August 2012
Let me know which is your favorite.
The urban landscape can be thrilling with its commerce, culture, history and people. But it also can be staggering as one building is stacked against the other. Each rising and falling according to architectural design, the economy, politics, and the times. When WordPress’ theme for this week’s Photo Challenge was announced, I immediately thought of San Francisco: viewing this urban center from various perspectives.
Urban life can be expressed in its decay, glory, intensity, and renewal. It also can be imagined as its densely-populated self. While most city photographs are labeled street photography, I have a broader definition of its girth. A city must be seen from all degrees of its boundaries, compass and points of reference.
When I think urban, my mind conjures big cities, those with a cavalier attitude about their offerings. It’s not an ego thing, but a love of all that is defined in the pace and splendor of a metropolis that usually blends the old and new.
In the Lens section are two images of San Francisco that I took during my trip in June (Check here and here and here for more posts about the excursion.). The first one is very much the Bay watch: a view down and up and to the center of the city. It shows close habitation in a city with STYLE. Apartments, businesses, homes, restaurants, and other buildings push themselves upward and give the urbanscape its character, its finesse.
Photograph two was taken from the top of Coit Tower. In this tightly-packed city much can be realized. Pockets of endless surprises can be found within forty-nine square miles.
During my visit with my teenage grandchildren there was never a moment of claustrophobia (oops, except on the buses). With the rich urban landscape came new discoveries and unrivaled memories.
Still, we strolled the streets with a sense of freedom and wonder. It was surreal.
Note: As always I welcome any comment about this post or any part of this blog.