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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

San Francisco Polaroids

Under a balmy blue sky
San Francisco
It felt like summer today...
San Francisco
You could smell incense in the warm air as the city's large Chinese community welcomed the new year with shrines to Buddha and prayers
for good luck..

As usual, I was distracted by all the architectural details...
San Francisco
The buildings are so European.
San Francisco
But the weather and vibe is pure California...
At the moment, the huge bay windows in my hotel room are propped open and I'm listening to the city life outside: that ringing trolley bell and all those squeaky breaks, worn from climbing all those hills.

And I understand why many hearts are left here.

(Photos taken with a 1970s Polaroid OneStep Flash camera.)



Blogger Atticus and Juliet said...

so beautiful! gosh, i'd love to visit sf someday!

February 17, 2010 at 5:31 PM  
Blogger vanessa joie said...

I love San Francisco. Your Polaroids are beautiful.

February 17, 2010 at 9:12 PM  
Blogger Simply Luxurious said...

Beautiful polaroids! Couldn't you just spend hours walking up and down the hills taking in the architecture? If only it weren't for all the hills! =)

February 17, 2010 at 9:39 PM  
Blogger katrina said...

these are gorgeous, Tina! i especially LOVE the first one -- so retro!

February 17, 2010 at 9:43 PM  
Blogger The Art Cupboard said...

how pretty! i love sf. so great. the bottom photo is my favorite

February 17, 2010 at 10:12 PM  
Blogger Tina said...

thank you!!! i really appreciate your kind comments!

February 17, 2010 at 10:15 PM  
Blogger pearl. said...

oh i wish i could be there!
the buildings do loo very european, i love the first and second polaroid. the colours are stunning!
Pearl xo

February 17, 2010 at 10:41 PM  
Blogger kelly ann said...

oh these are so beautiful!
i want to teleport to san fran right now! ;)

February 17, 2010 at 10:55 PM  
Blogger Destination Inspiration said...

I would love to travel to America one day, and visit San Francisco among many other gorgeous's hoping!

February 17, 2010 at 11:04 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

I love these photos!! I was just there on Sunday... hop on over to my blog and check out pictures of my favorite city. XO

February 17, 2010 at 11:09 PM  
Blogger The Dapper Darling said...

You get a sunshine award from me!

Visit my blog to get the details!

Love your blog!!

February 17, 2010 at 11:46 PM  
Blogger Rouenna said...

I love looking at SF's Victorian homes. Thanks for posting.

February 18, 2010 at 12:30 AM  

Tina darling, i can picture you living in the bay area...perhaps near the Marina district/ south of Market lofts?!

February 18, 2010 at 5:17 AM  
Blogger Laura Trevey said...

Just look at that Gorgeous Sky!!

February 18, 2010 at 6:18 AM  
Blogger Giulia said...

I can see/hear/smell it, Tina. Polaroids are terrific.

Some years ago I was walking in SF & just like you I am distracted by architectural detail. It's a wonder I haven't met my end in Rome (or elsewhere). Anyway, chatting to a friend & looking up (ignoring or not hearing her warning), I walk-tripped headlong into a large crate of Chinese greens. They are a lovely addition to a food plate: adornment, taste, & vitamins; to one's head & shoulders? Not so much.

One of my more embarrassing moments in life. And that's saying something. Ahem.

I hope Lola is enjoying her first trip to SF, along with the rest of the family.

ciao bella

February 18, 2010 at 7:07 AM  
Blogger jennifer said...

such beautiful cerulean!!!!!!!

February 18, 2010 at 7:23 AM  
Blogger nattyice said...

thank you for these little pieces of california. i miss it so...

February 18, 2010 at 7:37 AM  
Blogger Mlle Paradis said...

It really is a very special place with beautiful light. Thanks for the little tour!

February 18, 2010 at 8:35 AM  
Blogger Jessie said...

Le sigh.. I've always admired your polaroids! I wish I could take pictures with even a hint of your point of view. Beautiful!

February 18, 2010 at 9:01 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I LOVE your Polaroids. They are wonderful and transport me to another place and time. Bravo!

February 18, 2010 at 9:48 AM  
Blogger denise, the prime magpie said...

I love how Polaroids make everything look so soft with a bit of a vintage flair. Love San Francisco -- one of my favorite cities.

February 18, 2010 at 10:12 AM  
Blogger Jaime said...

Pretty polaroids! I loved San Fran when I went in 2000. Would love to visit again soon!

February 18, 2010 at 11:16 AM  
Blogger TheBeautyFile said...

LAY SIGHHHH! I love SF...I would love to go back and stay for a long long time!

February 18, 2010 at 7:31 PM  
Blogger Julia-Megumi said...

I adore your Polaroid photos. They are absolutely beautiful!

February 19, 2010 at 6:14 AM  
Blogger The Lil Bee said...

That first photo is unreal. You are such a great photographer, Tina! Seriously...this is your (second) calling:)

PS loving the idea of a ringing trolley bell outside my window right now...

February 22, 2010 at 7:28 AM  
Blogger emily said...

they are so magical. i love them.

February 23, 2010 at 9:11 AM  
Blogger Katherine said...

Hi Tina! I love your blog! Where do you most enjoy staying in San Francisco? I'm planning a last minute trip there for the weekend and would love a recommendation (or two)! You mentioned the huge bay windows in your hotel room-- which hotel? Sounds so lovely...

March 2, 2010 at 11:25 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

I've lived in the Los Angeles area for 9 years, and never ventured to San Fran, a place I always longed to go. I believe that these photos have captured the essence of how San Francisco lives in my imagination. Thanks so much for sharing.

March 4, 2010 at 3:09 PM  
Blogger The Photodiarist said...

These are beautiful!

April 24, 2010 at 5:31 PM  

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