Winter at Ocean Beach

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Whenever possible, my personal location scouting mantra goes, take pictures near water. Light is the most essential tool in a photograph. Bodies of water operate like huge, wet mirrors, refracting luminosity in unusual directions. The lambent quality of water contributes a visual surreality to a photograph. That, in turn, invites the curious viewer to look closer.

In San Francisco, you can’t count on the sun beating out the fog, especially here at Ocean Beach (in the paradoxically named Sunset district.) This day was overcast, chilly, and now that I see it in black and white I can’t remember the moment having ever been in color.

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In the 19th century, this area was known as the “Outside Lands.” Which, doesn't that just feel right?

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