Right To Die

Christie White was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma seven years ago and then with leukemia in 2012.  She is now in partial remission after a bone marrow transplant, radiation and chemotherapy, but she says her body could not withstand such treatment in the future if the illness returns, which seems likely.  To that end, Christie is the main plaintiff in a lawsuit filed in San Francisco Superior Court arguing that California’s law making it a felony to encourage or aid in a suicide, enacted in 1874, doesn’t apply to doctors of terminally ill patients whose deaths are an inevitable result of their illness.  “When and if the time comes, I want to be able to gather my loved ones and meet my death with some dignity and peace of mind,” White said.

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Pedestrians and cars

I’m still catching up on posting some older work.  These photos helped illustrate a CW Nevius article about the tenuous relationship that exists between pedestrians and cars on the busy streets of San Francisco and the city’s newly announced pedestrian safety program, WalkFirst.  I went downtown to visited some particularly busy street corners that have a high percentage of pedestrian/vehicle accidents to try and capture some interactions.  Didn’t see anything serious, thank goodness!

You can read the article here: Why are SF streets risky for pedestrians?

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Eviction Defense

On my last day as a contract staff photographer for the San Francisco Chronicle back in August, I made some portraits of Raphael Goins at his apartment in San Francisco to illustrate an opinion piece about evictions in the city.  Raphael works as a security guard at the De Young Museum and has been fighting eviction by his landlord for the last few years with the help of the Eviction Defense Council.  He was pretty lighthearted about the whole thing and definitely he had some crazy stories about the wacky stuff his landlord had pulled or tried to pull to get him out of the apartment so he could raise the rent.  He really likes purple too.

The article can be seen here: Evictions Op-Ed

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Luxe Valet

Luxe Valet is a San Francisco start-up that boasts on demand valet parking for it’s clients.  By using their phone app you can schedule one of their valets to meet you anywhere in San Francisco,(When I was there during their beta testing their zone only covered the Financial District, SOMA, and the Mission) They pick up your car from you and park it in a secure lot nearby, also offering to wash and fill up your tank for an extra charge, and when your ready to leave, use the app again and the valet will bring your car to your location.  Since the locations of their clients changes the valets use blue scooters, that match their blue jackets, to get to and from customers and the parking lots they use.

I got to tag along with valet Josh Dunlap during the beginning of his shift as he worked out of a lot on 2nd St. near South Park.  I brought my skateboard to ride so I could keep up with him while he was scootering around to meet clients in the area, which was fun.  The only problem photographically was the valets have continually check their phones every few seconds for updates on where and when to meet their clients so I ended up with a lot of photos of him standing around looking at his phone.  Still, I can’t complain about an assignment where I get to ride my board and take photos!

You can read the article here: Valet Startup

 

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Cell Phone Theft On MUNI

I recently was sent out to illustrate a story about a decrease in phone thefts on the buses and trains that make up the MUNI metro system in San Francisco.  I lurked around a few stations and rode a train or two and was actually shocked at how many people ride around with their faces buried in their phones, seeming oblivious to what’s going on around them!  But then again I probably do the same thing…

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Muni Lines

I shot this story about a small group of people complaining that the overhead MUNI wires that power San Francisco’s fleet of electrical buses and trains are ugly and constitute a form of visual pollution.  I went to the Marina District where there is a concentration of wiring where multiple bus lines intersect and I can understand that the wires might be a little off-putting aesthetically but when you weigh the benefits of having less pollution spewing, diesel powered buses on the streets the complaints seem a little far fetched.

Read the article here: MUNI Lines

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