Since lugging my DSLR around becomes cumbersome at times, I decided to share iPhone photos from San Francisco and SoCal. It’s a “Casual Friday” photography post. Some scenes from evening walks in Alta Plaza and Presidio Heights, tasting menus at Petit Crenn, tours of Google offices and celebrations with my Irish twin.
In August, we’re studying for the GMAT (help!), joining our favorite gym (again), getting involved in local non-profits and traveling to see our favorite people. And by we, I mean me and my imaginary dog that I wish I had in SF.
San Francisco doesn’t get much of a summer. As a person, San Francisco would be described as “amiable.” She doesn’t have much of a personality. Always 65 and Sunny, SF is predictable; a heavy fog in the morning and evening and consistent temperatures year round. As a result, she doesn’t have a temper, doesn’t get moody and doesn’t give us a summer. She doesn’t amp up the temperature and humidity when she feels cranky. She remains the same. Chicago possessed emotion, ebbs and flows. To be honest, I miss Chicago’s moods and temperament; while unpredictable and willy, she remained consistent amidst her constant turbulence. Extended metaphor over!
In short, “home” feels far away these days. To fully enjoy summer and go “home,” I’ve been visiting my family in Southern California and plotting trips back to the Midwest. Here are some pictures from my visit in July!
^ Thoughts on taking photos of strangers and asking for their email addresses? Given the inspiration that strangers provide, I think I need to start reciprocating.
On another note, I recently deactivated my Instagram for what feels like the hundredth time this year. After deleting it for six months, I can’t seem to go back to it. Given recent changes to the ‘algorithm,’ Instagram feels more and more inauthentic; less about connection and more about validation.
In my perfect world, an Instagram feed would be customizable: choose your preferred metric i.e. likes, comments and/or views, opt-in to a Explore page, etc. I like posting pretty pictures but I don’t like the need to feel relevant or validated that comes with it. And so, I reactivate and deactivate time and time again.
For the time being, I’ll use this space to share those pretty bits of life. I like to believe if people want to connect, they’ll find my number (or maybe this URL).
Thanks for stopping by!
It’s probably the cheapest ocean front property that you can get in San Diego. There were not one, not two but many occasions that Brother #1 would share mesmerizing sunsets captured from his dorm room. On Saturday, that same brother graduated with his family and those oceanfront views behind him..
I often capture pretty skies, tree silhouettes and tide breaks. There is something predictable about nature’s movements. Looking at my photos, it’s clear that I probably like the consistency that nature provides? It’s like a stable best friend that always picks up when you need her to.
Humans on the other hand, quite unpredictable creatures. Human emotion is swift, turbulent and fleeting. I’ve never liked staged pictures (just ask my mom). And I find it hard to capture authentic human emotion. Yet, since college graduations happen once in a lifetime, I needed something tangible for our family to reflect upon. Photos that reflect who we are, in that moment and yet at our core.
Here are those photos, and these are my people.
When visiting San Francisco, one must walk to the Golden Gate Bridge. Fun fact, it is not in fact golden, rather a burnt bridge. This weekend, my mother and I found ourselves walking, or rather hiking, to the Golden Gate bridge. Inspired by a Kourtney Kardashian, we sought a piece of beach near the Golden Gate bridge to no avail. Instead, I wound up with these pretty pictures.
Chicago holds a dear place in my heart; but I began to associate it with some dark memories and events from the past year. Friends always tell me that California leaves me glowing so I’m happy to make that glow permanent.
Equipped with a car, I took it upon myself to take a day trip and drive down the California coast. Driving through California farmland to the Pacific Ocean is a mesmerizing drive – and probably not best for solo drivers (like myself). I found the greenery reminiscent of Ireland’s foothills, cascading with life.
Day trip guides to Big Sur are aplenty but I’d recommend stopping in Carmel prior to completing the drive since pitstops and cellphone service are limited. I found this guide helpful. Enjoy!