On Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving in America, traditionally the day when retailers start to go from “in the red” for the year to “in the black”), San Franciscans converge upon two blocks of Stockton Street from Market to Geary to snap up Christmas presents and other bargains at the likes of Macy’s, Armani Exchange, Disney, Crate & Barrel, and the Apple Store. As it happens, this year those two blocks have been closed to vehicular traffic because of underground construction on a new subway line. A store owner and/or someone in City Hall had one very good idea…
…so they laid down artificial turf to create a real park. I visited the area on Friday and Saturday. Friday was bright, sunny, and warm; Saturday, cloudy, rainy, and dark. Or in simple English, Welcome to San Francisco.
I used my point-and-shoot for all of these pictures, and for most used The 30 Shot to capture candids of the people. Because of the weird challenges posed by the ambient light on both days, every picture required heavy editing in iPhoto.
Some visitors enjoyed benches for resting between stores.
Others preferred using the impromptu park for play.
Small time entrepreneurs plied their wares or talents. I photographed Justin Ward just as he had begun a superb cover of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me.”
…whilst a few had a political agenda.
Check out the headdress in the next two shots.
This is the woman who was sitting in the black and white above as I saw her today.
At first, I thought he was going to throw up, but in reality he was making a call and charging his cell phone at the same time.
Of course, the folks who provided a venue for all of this fun, play, and entertainment had an ulterior motive.
Something involving lots of shopping bags:
Vonn Scott Bair