I had about an hour in San Francisco’s Chinatown a few weeks ago, and set up shop (leaning against a parking meter) to see what I might see of interest from this one corner. This was a suggestion I picked up from a photography workshop I recently attended, not necessarily leaning against a parking meter, but staying in one place for a while on the street rather than moving around. I found the parking meter method (I will copyright this soon) to be perfect for stabilization as I have no tripod, and it kept me out of the middle of the sidewalk and bumping into people and vice versa.
Within a matter of minutes a short story began to unfold; a couple of men starting putting up a cloth sign and set up to play some music. I’ve captured a bit of the events in a few photos that I’ll display below, the photos pretty much say it all. This all ensued amidst a myriad other happenings all around me and them.
I had moved across the street for a few photos, and when I was leaving I dropped some dollars into the musician’s basket and thanked them; I said “I’ve taken a thousand photos of you” and the guy on the left with the sunglasses on replied in a very droll tone “yeah, I know”, how could he not have noticed?
I’ll be back next week with everything else that was going on around me.