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Pistahan

The sharing of culture and cuisine -as in the meaning of the word ‘Pistahan.’ 

The Pistahan festival is a festival held in San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Gardens that brings showcases both culture and cuisine from the Philippines. This festival was created in order to bring Filipino youth closer to their roots. Not too many Filipino youth are familiar with the stories of the displacement of manongs and manangs who were in their 60s and 70s and occupied the International Hotel near Kearney street. It makes sense to have the festival held in San Francisco as it is where Filipinos seem to land no matter where they come from. This picture is of the loops the strings create coming from the little wooden necklaces. The focus on the loops represents how no matter what, Filipino culture is rooted in the San Francisco Bay Area and will always have a presence no matter how much people decide to not pay attention to its people.

 

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Beauty – With a Price

I love this shot. San Francisco is SO beautiful. All the lines, all the curves…but the traffic? Oh hell nawh. I think this picture captures San Francisco in a nutshell. It is beautiful, but the traffic sucks booty. The skyline above the bridge looks beautiful but then the real horrors are down beneath the bridge. The city is enveloped in a soft and bright setting while the traffic down below is dark and gloomy. This is kind of like heaven and hell. Who would want to be trapped down there?

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Little ____, Big City

This picture reminds me of those movies I watched alongside my younger sisters where the small-town boy or girl move into the huge city and are bursting with feelings of wanting to become a name that’s as big as the city. I feel I captured that perfectly in this photo. The big buildings, all the power lines and fancy cars, and the little people who get to just walk along the crosswalks and sidewalks wondering if they’ll ever make it to the top floor leveled apartments. San Francisco provides so many lines it’s almost impossible to not be lead to a different subject in the photo.

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Always

10/10 I would take pictures in SF all the time if I could. It would definitely help if I lived there. There is a certain magic that lurks in The City air but is in no way used to keep people out. The magic that is emitted by The City is like that of Disneyland but maybe like one category down. What I love about taking pictures in SF is that I can take out the true whites and true blacks and not be mad about any type of non clarity. When thinking of magic, I think of a soft and bright type of setting which is what I went with in this picture. The subject provides the perfect contrast to the bright buildings as it ventures into the magical city.