Weekly Photo Challenge: Gathering–Opening Night at Photo Gallery

In response to the Daily Post Photo Challenge:  Gathering

I took photo at the opening night of a Richard Avedon photo exhibit in San Francisco in 1980.  The photos were of the British artist Francis Bacon as seen on left.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition

Please forgive me if I’ve shown this photo before, which I think I did sometime ago, so I’m hoping no one will remember, but I couldn’t find another that illustrated this challenge.

Back in 1980 when I took this photo, one had to manually progress the film on one’s camera. Sometimes the film didn’t move or one would forget to advance the film to the next frame, so one would get an overlay, which was what happened in this photo. On the bottom left of the photo, in North Beach, is our neighborhood derelict, who lived on the street, sitting on the curb.  On the right side of the photo is the famous photographer Richard Avedon signing autographs at a gallery opening of his photos.  I think the juxtaposition of these two people from the opposite ends of the social spectrum is what is interesting about this photo.  During the day, I took the photo of the derelict and the hungry i, a San Francisco nightclub which featured topless entertainment, and then that night I went to the Avedon opening at an elite art gallery, so another juxtaposition is that of the hungry i (a sleezy North Beach joint) and the elite Nob Hill art gallery in which you can see a man in the background looking at the exhibit.


Below is another photo that I took on the same night of the Avedon exhibit. You can see Avedon’s portrait of Francis Bacon on the back wall. What I think is interesting about this photo is the juxtaposition of the 3 women. These 3 woman are all entirely different types. One is very sexual, the girl in the middle looks like an innocent college girl, and the girl on the left looks like she is the type that is exactly in-between the other two types.

I consider this photo the best one I’ve ever taken.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreaming

(photo below) I thought this was related to “Dreaming” because it’s a double exposure that doesn’t make too much sense, often as when we are dreaming.  It’s kinda all mixed-up like dreams sometimes are.

This was an accidental double-exposure that happened when the film in my camera didn’t advance and two photos were taken on top of each other. [This was the real old-fashioned camera where you had to manually advance the film.] One shot was of the Hungry i entertainment establishment on Broadway in North Beach, San Francisco, and the second photo, the man on the right is the photographer Richard Avedon signing autographs at an opening-night gallery showing of his in 1980 in San Francisco.

The man sitting on the curb,  juxtaposed with Richard Avedon, was our local derelict and nut case, who lived on the street .  The Hungry i sign is backlit by the scene at the gallery.  (This photo was published in an art magazine, and the whole thing was caused by a camera malfunction.)

When I first started doing photography about 30 years ago, I, myself, would print my B&W photos on heavy paper and then hand-tint them with Marshall’s photo paints, as you see in the header photo for this post of San Francisco Bay.

North Beach, San Francisco, 1983
This photo of the Thames River, I took in London in 1982. Houses of Parliment are on the right. I just put it here because I think it has a dream-like quality–which was caused by it not being photographed entirely in focus.   I always thought it looked slightly Turneresque.