For the last few weeks, I've taken a break from my 100 Day Project - #100DaysofCivicValley. If the truth is told, I found myself a bit overwhelmed with the project.
I've worked in the Hayes Valley/Civic Center neighborhood for nearly five years. What I found by beginning #100DaysofCivicValley was how tolerant I had become about what I saw (and what I didn't) on the streets of San Francisco. That realization of acceptance was distressing. Yes, of course we can say my hiatus was because of my wedding and my spending time with family - but we should be honest - I felt bad about what I was seeing.
Seeing trauma, grime, fear, craziness, opulence, hip-ness and wealth mingle together in such obliviousness was really prodding me to see beyond the random street shot.
And that's why I've decided to begin again. Because that's what photography (street or otherwise) is supposed to do - grab your heart, break it open and compel you to act. It should bring each of us just an inch closer to each other and show us that we are more alike than different. Great art prepares our hearts, minds and souls for growth.
So here's to a few more days of CivicValley (71 to be exact) and revealing more of the neighborhood and life of San Francisco.