Oakland in San Francisco
Last month I received word that San Francisco Magazine was in the process of creating an issue dedicated to Oakland. Oakland is changing. Oakland is growing. Oakland is interesting. Oakland is gritty. Oakland is beautiful. Oakland is worth taking a look at. It’s a really good issue and does a terrific job of illustrating the wonder and the challenge. They were looking to do a feature about the various live/work spaces that are home to some of Oakland’s most creative residents, shot by a photographer that lives among them. I eagerly raised my hand. I was given just over a week to complete the process. However, I was due to head out of town on another job, so I had to cram all the shooting into three days. The Cotton Mill has a Google email list that allows us to communicate with everyone in the building. I immediately put out word that I was looking for subjects. Both friends and people I’d never met spoke up. I ended up shooting twenty different residents (and their cats). This assignment was way more fun than I had anticipated. It was really great spending time with my neighbors, watching them work, and talking to them about their background and process. I met people I had never even seen before. We do have 74 units after all. This project has given me yet another level of appreciation for the community in which I live:
A generous, open, creative, crazy, brilliant, loving community. Its hella Oakland.
Of course not everyone I shot was able to make the final cut. The choosing was left to the magazine and inevitably, some of my favorite images didn’t make it, so here they are in all their non print glory!
Wood worker, maker. www.tinkeringmonkey.com
Chinese medicine and healing arts www.khanieha.com
Matt R. Phillips
Metal worker, industrial design, artist, maker http://omnitaskerdesign.blogspot.com
Carrie Santi Delucchi.
Web Design. http://www.carriesanti.com
Multi disciplinary artist. http://clocktoweroakland.com