Tuesday, June 26, 2012

One City, Two Bridges

One City, Two Bridges, mixed media on canvas, 10”x10”

No travel themed series would be complete without a San Francisco piece.  It’s easy to forget that we are a travel destination when we live our lives in Everyone’s Favorite City.  Living close to Alamo Square, it still baffles me a bit the way so many tourists traipse up that hill for that photo.  I did this piece with vintage postcards from the 1930’s and 1940’s.  It’s noteworthy to point out that San Francisco postcards were all about our two bridges back then.  Other themes were our skyline and the exoticism of Chinatown.  There were no cable cars or Victorians on San Francisco postcards in the 1940’s.  Obviously these were just seen as old and had not yet reached the point of being charming.  As I go through postcards from different places and different eras there are noticeable changes in what sort of attractions are “postcard worthy.”  That’s said, our two bridges are still the big stars.

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