The New Ushering Out the Old (Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow)


Good Evening:

No doubt about it; this Challenge stumped me for the longest time. Finally, the subject presented itself: construction. The dozens if not hundreds of construction cranes looming over sites like bald eagles looming over their nestlings foreshadow the new San Francisco to come; the new people and families moving into the city; and the benefits and issues involved with such a huge infusion of new talent and traffic jams (among other things).

First, the tallest of a new quartet of apartments rising at Tenth and Market Streets:


I can’t wait for them to clean the windows so the reflections of the sky look even better. Those aren’t clouds, FYI: they represent the vanguard of the afternoon fog rolling in and keeping summer temperatures in my neighborhood between 55 and 65 degrees. Incidentally, it seems that the future tenants have already signed leases on most of the units.

Yet less than 100 yards away, the anti-masterpiece of Van Ness Avenue is coming down, dismantled prefab slab by prefab slab. Naturally, who could resist the temptation of trying to capture the new ushering out the old with the same photograph? Alas, for a really good shot one would need a helicopter; for the time being, this will have to do:


Vonn Scott Bair


2 responses »

    • Cardinal Guzman: You highlight an interesting aspect of San Francisco; this colorful city sometimes will almost look like a black and white photo thanks the qualities of light. In summer it turns very grey thanks to the fog (those aren’t clouds). Now that I think upon this, I might edit a copy of that picture and see how it looks in B&W. Vonn Scott Bair

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