Free Spirit: San Franciscans

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Good Afternoon:

Needless to say, the old photo collection included quite a few Weekly Challenge-worthy possibilities. One slight problem: I had already used some of the best posts in “Haighting the Weekend” and in my attempted homage to Henri Cartier-Bresson. So let’s show you a few of the others, starting with my latest experiment with the square format:

Jumping Skateboarder at the Embarcadero

In the original shot, he had been stuck way up in the upper left corner, so this was the best chance to salvage the picture. Here’s another example of him in action:

Skateboarder Jumping Over Traffic Cone at the Embarcadero, San Francisco

At least it provides a little context.

Saturday had been a busy day full of non-stop errands and shopping, and the end of the day I had two full bags of a groceries and a powerful need for a break. Whereupon, as if on cue, I discovered this gentleman:

He runs his own “pop-up” roughly once a month, selling cocktails to passers-by for the extremely reasonable sum of two dollars. On this day he offered a choice of Seagram’s 7 or Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum (or a slice of carrot cake), with his own special recipe:

  1. Wet the rim of a shot glass and dip into sugar.
  2. Add one shot of Seagram’s 7 or Captain Morgan.
  3. Garnish with a large peach wedge.

The Seagram’s 7 tasted very good this way, and I’m not really a fan.

Finally, a picture of one of San Francisco’s great traditions, the Drumming Circle in Golden Gate Park. Drummers and other musicians have gathered at this same bench (near the tennis courts, bocce courts and childrens’ playground) for decades, literally decades–they were already an institution when I moved here in 1982. My Cartier-Bresson blogpost includes a B&W of them on another occasion. Anyway, the drummers change but the Drumming Circle is immortal and for a few hours each Saturday and Sunday afternoon you can bring your instrument, no matter what your skill level, join in the group creation and free your spirit.

The Drumming Circle, 2 September 2012

As you can see, they have gotten used to photographers.

The nice thing about assembling this quick & dirty collection of San Franciscan free spirits is that it reminded me once again that San Francisco can be magic. I hope you all had a great weekend (great Labor Day weekend in the USA).

Vonn Scott Bair

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