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Looking In

Looking In. San Francisco, California. August 4, 2012. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell - all rights reserved.


Almost everyone in a group of people looks into a conservatory courtyard while waiting for it to open.


Apologies for this title, but I did not get the name of the building (perhaps today I'll do that), "A group of people looking into a courtyard with one guy looking the other way" seemed a bit too long, and I ran out of creativity before posting. I suppose there is the potential here for incorporating some quip about San Francisco "summer" weather as well - on this lovely "summer" afternoon there were high clouds and fog and it was trying to rain! :-)


I had another afternoon to kill wandering around San Francisco yesterday afternoon. My general target was something like street photography, though it also incorporated this little project I have to photograph downtown buildings from odd angles and render the images in black and white. I had been working on the latter and was heading back to where I would have dinner (and running a few minutes late) when I saw this little cluster of people crowded around what looked like the entrance to this glassed in courtyard filled with palm trees and some tables. Any sort of odd little scene like this - quite different from the general rush of people in the downtown area - catches my eye and often seems like it might make a photograph. Here I had the group of people crowded together to work with, along with the classical architecture of the building and courtyard. So I did what I often might do with such a scene: I stopped and quickly made one initial photograph so as not to miss it entirely, and then I remained and watched for something interesting or out-of-place to occur. When the fellow at the right separated himself from the larger group, my first reaction was a bit of frustration that he had broken up the group of people facing away, but in the end he makes the photograph more interesting to me than it would have been otherwise.


G Dan Mitchell is a California photographer whose subjects include the Pacific coast, redwood forests, central California oak/grasslands, the Sierra Nevada, California deserts, urban landscapes, night photography, and more.

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Taken on August 4, 2012