While in London recently I had the pleasure of paying a visit to the studio of artist Jemima Brown, the recipient of the Mark Tanner Sculpture award for 2011. Jemima is known for her sculptural explorations of the animate versus the inanimate, and the formation of the complex visual narratives involved in self-creation. It was very inspiring to discuss the artist’s latest work and process as I photographed her for her September 2011 Standpoint Gallery exhibition catalog.
I lived in San Francisco’s Mission district for 10 years. I finally “escaped” a few years back and have had the opportunity to get to go a number of other neighbors hoods in the city. I say ‘escaped’ because those 10 years were spent near 16th and Mission (Hoff street to be exact) where I got to know a very special part of the Missions heritage. Aside from the latin culture which originally drew me to the neighborhood, I had to learn about the legacy of heroin at that particular address. I never partook in the drug personally but I watched it’s effects daily on the world around me.
I also watched the Mission nightlife transform during my time there. My proximity to 16th and Valencia meant that I watched this artist backwater enclave change from a unknown destination to the one of the most known destinations in the city.
I would like to introduce Polly in these shots. I knew right away that I wanted to explore the Mission I knew with her. Ironically chose a number of locations I’ve spent very little time in. Glen Park (not the Mission at all), the Saint Francis Diner and the Suger Lump Cafe on 24th street.