An Evening in Fairyland, or, She Takes Selfies in Le Grand Ballroom

Le Petit Trainon, or 3800 Washington Street in Presidio Heights, San Francisco was a visual and intellectual delight last night. It’s the 2019 San Francisco Design Showcase House, and a bunch of us went after work last night. I had to remember to interact with the group of co-workers I arrived with, as well as…

SOMA Photowalk

SOMA has changed, whole blocks are new, yet some of the flavor I like to find there survives. And some new life is changing this city once again. I suppose I should get used to that, but I would rather walk the streets looking for glimpses of my past there. Even if it wasn’t all…

A New Way of Looking at an Old Stomping Ground

SOMA, San Francisco, March 2019 A new job in a different part of San Francisco has me taking many photos on the way to work. And it has me remembering what this part of town looked like in my early twenties, circa 1989 to 1995ish. Things change, but the memory of what was there stays…

Gumps is Closing Forever

It is with a sad heart (one can leave their heart in so many wonderful places in San Francisco) that I received the news that Gumps is closing, as in, they are going out of business. The store has been a Union Square destination shopping spot since the 1890s. I was thrilled to go in…

Three Generations of San Francisco Natives: Dad, Gramps and Myself

K. Demoro Photog is my photographer nom de shoot. I come from Ralph Wilkins, and Harre Wilkins Demoro’s darkroom of history. Grandpa grew up on Russian Hill, and he and Grandma (who grew up in the Mission), raised dad and Aunt Nancy in Oakland and Alameda. These are the guys who raised me to know…

Gump’s on Post Street

How do you describe Gump’s to someone who has no idea what this traditional San Francisco shopping place is? I say, it’s an inimitable emporium that delights all the senses at once! I lucked out and got to hang off a fire escape on Post Street and get this early Saturday morning shot. They’ve been…

Fire and Smoke

Yesterday I walked out of Walgreens on Market Street and I saw the smoke I was walking into. I’d seen the smoke from the North Bay fires in Napa, Santa Rosa, Calistoga, Glen Ellen, and points between, as I rode over the Bay Bridge that morning. And on Monday, I had been able to see…

Summer of Love Trading Cards Project

There are many of these up and down Market Street this summer.  Joan Baez, a Northern Californians’ girlhood heroine–My mom bought a guitar and tried her hand at singing like Joan. I remember being very young and listening to her albums, and Mom on her guitar. I gave the guitar to a boy I had…