san francisco

At Ocean Beach

Since moving away for college, I always make sure to revisit some of my favorite places when I come back home. Two of my favorites lately have been the Ocean Beach and Sutro Baths area and the Wood Line. I went home for a weekend last month and decided to catch sunrise at the beach before flying back to LA. Ocean Beach is often cold and windy, but when I shot these photos, it was bright, blue, and just the tiniest bit foggy. 

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Where it began

When I first started shooting film, now over a year ago (!), I loved exploring and discovering nature-y pockets of the city. I remember first visiting the Wood Line with my sister on one of my first film photo walks. We both loved walking along the Wood Line, and it continues to be one of my favorite places to visit in San Francisco. I finished my last roll of 2015 here, where it began. 

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The camellias bloomed in the spring

It’s strange—the parallels between moving out now and the feelings while moving in nearly six years ago. I remember the moment of settling into this room—empty but so full of opportunity. So much has changed—I’ve graduated from high school and am entering a new chapter of my life in a new city—but so much has stayed the same as well. This home has been my constant through those years.

We moved around over the years, but this home has felt like the place where I grew up. It’s where so many of my favorite memories were made—starting a vegetable garden with my family, numerous barbecues despite the city’s moody weather, and going on spontaneous photowalks in the park.

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It’s hard to leave behind a place that holds so many memories—Thanksgiving dinners for as long as I can remember and the glittering Christmas lights, but in these last days, I’ve come to appreciate the details: the way evening light streams through the kitchen window, the familiar path home past the green of the park, and the colorful rows of houses all around.

I’ll certainly remember the camellias. They always bloomed in the spring.

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