I first saw Lily in Feb 2008 at the San Francisco SPCA. At 10 months old she was a cocktail of skinny, smelly and bossy. She shoved her roommate aside and silently demanded a head rub. It's been my only experience of love at first sight. The note pinned to her cell claimed she had "special needs" and required hand-feeding due to a partially paralyzed tongue. I didn't care. The heart wants what the heart wants. I waited for three excruciatingly long weeks until she'd gained sufficient weight and was healthy enough to be adopted. Five years later, she's a dictatorial chubb-a-roo. And I'm still in love.
The mission of the San Francisco SPCA is to save and protect animals, to provide care and treatment, to advocate for their welfare, and to enhance the human-animal bond. They accomplish this through a variety of programs and services aimed at widening the circle of compassion throughout the community.
Visit the site: sfspca.org. Adopt a pet.
There's nothing like a day at the beach. Whether you're into scuba diving or building sand castles, our oceans are the gifts that keep on giving.
Oceana is an organization focused entirely on protecting our oceans. Oceana seeks to preserve the very core of our planet's health by protecting its oceans. Without healthy oceans, we can scarcely hope for healthy landscapes. Our oceans sustain life on dry land through their role in maintaining the atmosphere we breath, the water we drink, and the food we eat.
Visit the site: oceana.org
I've always connected with animals. Big or small. Furry or scaled. Tame or wild. I love them all. Animals are increasingly dependent on us for their survival. Wildlife conservation agencies have had great success by employing a holistic approach which includes the sustainable use of natural resources, protection of natural areas and wild populations, and working with local communities.
The Nature Conservancy works with local communities, businesses, and individuals to protect over 100 million acres of land around the world. In doing so, The Nature Conservancy preserves entire wildlife communities and the rich species diversity that inhabits those lands.
Visit the site: nature.org
You either fall deeply in love with San Francisco or trip over ourself in an effort to leave it behind. The City is a rich mix of extremes. For every amazing aspect that makes it unique, there is a facet that drives its residents up the wall. These images are a journal of my experiences in my adopted city.
A few pros and cons of living in SF:
Too much protests, homelessness and anarchy
Amazing food, music festivals and fiercely gay-friendly
Sky-high rent, the fog belt, dirty streets
Incredibly pro-dog, amazing views, proximity to Napa & Tahoe
Muni is slow, it's cold during summer, the hills can be intense
The San Francisco School Alliance champions public schools in San Francisco, working community-wide to generate innovation, funding and strategic engagement that empowers students for success.
This assignment consisted of still photographs showcasing San Francisco neighborhoods and local landmarks seen daily by students on their way to school.
Visit the site: sfschoolalliance.org
Hannah Sowd Skincare & Massage specializes in skin care treatments and therapeutic body work through a holistic approach which is centered around preventative maintenance.
This project consisted of informal headshots of Hannah, for blogs, interviews, online branding and marketing.
Visit the site: hannahsowd.com. Feel good.
Architecture can have an uplifting effect on the people that experience it. Or exactly the opposite.This series showcases corporate architecture and its many diminishing returns.
I live in San Francisco. I commute by bus to work every day. It is an exercise in frustration at its worst and near-satisfaction at its best. Muni is often late, if it shows up at all. Passengers are crammed in like sardines. Buses are outdated and crawl along at a painfully slow pace, dropping the trolley poles that transmit the electricity powering them and adding to the delay and passenger rage. Getting anywhere on time is often futile.
On the plus side, SF Muni brings together a diverse selection of San Francisco culture. This is a visual diary of my daily commute.