Monday, November 16, 2009

Eze

Off 24th Street
The Mission

Thursday morning

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San Francisco.

You call it what you want. It’s just as simple as that, period. I been here for 27 years; born at General Hospital and been raised here ever since. I told a friend one time “I’m going to buy a house here in the city and I don’t care if I have to use candles to light my house and be the poorest home owner on that block. I will own in SF.” It’s still my goal after all these debts disappear...

Ever since I was younger, I have never been one for school books. School books in my opinion seem cold; impersonal, lots of writing, and no pictures. Granted though, their job was to give us information that we may use at some point in our lives. But I guess I’m a person that needs pictures. I need imagery to let me understand or relate to something that is read or something that is described to me. That is why San Francisco cannot be put into words. It is a place that can’t be explained on paper and if you try to, you risk missing something about this city that may be dear to someone else. Also, on the flip side of that if I were to put what San Francisco is famous for on paper, the next person could say “I have a bridge in my city,” or “ I have a pier/wharf/(insert similar item common between cities here)What’s the big deal?” Well…it is a big deal. San Francisco has to be experienced firsthand. This place is DIFFERENT than anywhere else. You may walk down one block and see a guy and a girl kissing and on the next block two girls (or guys) are doing the same thing. You could be on one side of town and it could be foggy as hell but about 3 miles down, it’s clear and sunny. You could see the rich on one side of town with the million dollar mansions and on the other you got the homeless sitting on a bench asking for money when you pass by. Every moment in this city is an experience – a mental picture that the person was able to capture.

Now some people may argue that things are changing in the city for the better and others will say it’s for the worse. A friend of mine gets mad when he walks by Pops bar on 24th because it used to be neighborhood regulars and drunks and now its fixies and more fixies. Some things are for the better though – years back the Mission used to be VERY heavily gang populated and I remember when the park near my house had initiations that had huge crowds that rivaled something like Dia De Los Muertos crowds. Police would come around and they would scatter like ants from under a rock. Now the same park has a soccer field and a basketball court and the same area has a ton of coffee shops next to the taquerias and liquor stores. Change is inevitable I guess but change also brings out new things and better things that make this city stand out from the others.

San Francisco is magical. It is mysterious. It is grimy. It is beautiful. It is just there like an old friend or it is like that new opportunity that is placed in front of you. It is something that is planned or something that is at a moment's notice. It emits an aura that brings people from all around the world to come see and experience it. Just drive back into the city on one of the bridges and you can just feel San Francisco radiate just because it is one of a kind.

People want to come to San Francisco and I think you should too.

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You can see the rest of Eze's photo shoot here.

His flickr account is here.

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6 comments:

Troy Holden said...

this is the best i've ever heard anyone describe This City.

right up there with the Late, Great Herb Caen, this body of words.

~Kenny said...

That's OK Eze you are as profound as any book full of words.

Christian Cagigal said...

This is one of my favorites you've had! I can relate to the idea of 'being around for most of your life-but can't afford to actually live here...not even an apartment.'

He's right, there are things that even some of our beloved writers missed because they lived and moved in different worlds.

Thank you for this new posting Julie and Eze.

Best,
C

AphotoAday said...

Enjoyed reading that...

Catherine Grison said...

Merci Eze for your story. The way you describe the vibe, it is all about the views: not the ones people buy for $M at the Rincon but the every day views we catch while walking/driving by. This is why, moi, Parisian, I chose to stay here! Not knowing if I will be able to afford it next month but just enjoying the views. The people's views.

BTW Julie, as usual, you are just fantastic.

eve said...

Wow -I am amazed on how you painted the city by the bay, the both we live in and have since our childhood. Definitely moving, who knew you could write so well.

Love the photography. You caught my brother in his many of looks.

Thanks to both!!!