San Francisco is a beautiful city, which I hate to admit, has embarrassingly filthy streets. There is the litter, the flotsam of take-away restaurant menus and the assortment of abandoned belongings that includes everything from clothing and shoes to computers to furniture. Amidst the mess one can often find some really cool art.
It may not be legal and the quality varies, but there is often some nice work stenciled on my neighborhood sidewalks. Most of it is temporary. It rarely lasts an entire year. Because of its temporary and anonymous nature, I started to photograph pieces I like a few years back. There are some I wish I had photographed years back. Occasionally we get some cheesy ad agency’s attempt at guerilla marketing (you can see through most of those) and I ignore anything with a .com in the image. Above is a selection of some of my favorites.