No Turns

On the corner of Kearny and Market streets in downtown San Francisco stands Lotta’s Fountain. The cast iron fountain served as a meeting point during the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire aftermath. Today it serves as a memorial to all who died in that disaster. Commemorations of the earthquake, including a dwindling pool of survivors, are held every year at 5:12 a.m. on April 18. The rest of the year it just fades into the background.

It was a beautiful foggy morning when I took this. The buildings in the background seem to float in the fog while the fountain and the figures created and wonderful group of silhouettes in the foreground. You could read into this some meaning about how the latest generation ignores the past but it really was such a great San Francisco moment, I’m glad to have captured it and leave it at that.

SONY, SLT-A77V, 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM
1/250, f/6.7, ISO 100


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Terry Schmidbauer: