The City Up Close

I recently bought a 40-year-old macro lens from a seller in Japan. I tried and failed for several days to shoot close up without taking the cliche flowers and insects we’re so used to seeing. So I walked around aimlessly in the streets of San Francisco and eventually wandered into the Tenderloin where the patina of the city stands out the most. I shot graffiti and tagging the most but all sorts of random markings on walls and windows started to pop out at me. It was a world I had never seen before because I was too far away. Seeing my city up close is indeed a new way of seeing and there’s a whole world to discover (both tangible and abstract) when your eyes are only a few inches from things.

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