Photographer Christopher Hall reveals vintage San Francisco in found street scenes
Christopher Hall’s photos of parked cars around San Francisco seem drawn from some dreamy bygone era.
They are not staged. Hall, 60, who works in mental health care by day, heads out early mornings with a medium format film camera in search of vintage cars on the street. Sometimes, he said, he gets lucky, stumbling upon a perfect arrangement of color, texture, and nostalgia. Often though, a Tesla or Amazon delivery truck intrudes on the picture, forcing him to come back until it’s lined up the way he wants it.
“Ideally,” Hall said, “I’m trying to find a scene where you have to question, ‘Is this 1958 or is this 2021?'”
The resulting body of work captures a sort of echo from San Francisco’s past, faded by time but still embedded in the landscape.
Below, see a selection of Hall’s images, and many more in his “Streets of San Francisco” Flickr album.
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