Chinatown, San Francisco


An homage to Chinatown, one of my favorite neighborhoods in San Francisco.Β 

Happy Year of the Pig!

 

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It’s Chinatown

 

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Three Lanterns

 

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Rainy Day, Grant Street

 

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Good Character

 

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Sunday in the Park

 

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You Don’t Scare Me

 

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A Shadowy Escape

 

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Red Envelopes

 

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Chinatown Musicians

 

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Lantern and Windows

 

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Show Me Your Cards

 

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It’s My Year

 

 

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121 comments

  1. I really like how you were able to get pictures of people going about their daily lives. I’ve always been fascinated by that type of photography and wanted to give it a try. My question about it is how do you do it without people noticing or I guess prevent them from breaking the atmosphere by looking at the camera?

  2. Love this series of photos Jane. Looks like a very vibrant and intriguing neighbourhood to explore. The images look great in both colour and b&w.

  3. Lovely! Reblogging to my sister site Timeless Wisdoms

  4. Happy Chinese new year. πŸ™‚

  5. A wonderful portrait of a vibrant neighborhood, Jane. πŸ™‚ That pig has me smiling!!

  6. Wonderful series Jane! Your photos bring the district to life.

  7. I love these colorful lanterns and the pig is really a highlight!

  8. These photos are just awesome, great work! I’m actually headed to San Francisco this weekend so I’ll have to stop by Chinatown and see it for myself πŸ™‚

    • Hi Christian, Thank you so much and I’m so glad that you will be enjoying SF soon. This is a great time to wander around Chinatown during the Lunar New Year. I appreciate you following me and I’ll look forward to your blog.

  9. Wow! You captured Chinatown so beautifully- was just there a couple weeks ago, but your pictures are a billion times better than mine, hehe. So fun to see it through your lens!!

  10. Wow! Wow! Wow! I love them all – especially people shots. Great image and caption for “You don’t Scare Me! Nice Pig to finish off the selection!

    • Hi Michael, Thanks so much for your enthusiastic response to these. I really appreciate it. It is such a busy, vibrant neighborhood to photograph. Glad you liked it and my 🐷 finish. πŸ˜„

  11. What a great place this must be to spend Chinese New Year! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ The rainy day shot really grabbed me, too!

  12. hi jane, once again great pictures from san francisco, i especially like the 3rd, i like the light on the day you have photographed the picture.
    greetings robert

    • Hi Robert, Happy you like this series, thanks very much. Rainy Day is one I am quite proud to have captured…the light was magical that day and umbrellas were bright and lit. Very satisfying. πŸ™‚

  13. Wow, I love the first shot of lanterns, but the rainy day one has more stories to tell. What a vibrant place, as Chinatowns usually are of course. And those musicians with instruments I don’t recognise, fascinating!

  14. These are fabulous, but I love that portrait of the pig.

  15. Happy Chinese New Year!

    It’s the best time to frequent Chinatown. They roll out everything to celebrate, especially the food. At night, it’s the parades and the firecrackers. Still like the shot, “Rainy Day, Grant Street”, which you featured on another post. Yes, I still see the Shiseido sign.

  16. The pig is fun! πŸ™‚ I love A Shadowy Escape – the subject, the framing, the processing, perfection. And the musicians and women playing cards – how wonderful that these traditions carry on, and you have shown them so well. Lantern and Window and the red envelopes are great windows into the culture, too. I can’t help thinking of New York’s Chinatown and all the hours I spent there over the years; it’s very similar, but without the hills. πŸ˜‰

  17. More cracking examples of street photography Jane……but “Rainy Day, Grant Street” is the stand-out image for me. I love the atmospheric muted colours and the street disappearing off into the rain-soaked cloudy distance and the person crossing the road with the umbrella in the middle ground makes for a great composition.

  18. A terrific album, and including the serious-looking card players & musicians, the whole series has a feeling of celebration. That pig, for example, definitely has a mischievous glint in the eye. The b&w portraits are great, but my favorite color is red, and so the scenes here were particularly full of treats for me.

    • Thank you very much, Robert. Happy you enjoyed this mix of images– I agree, red is a wonderfully vibrant color for photographs. I love the variety of activities happening in this neighborhood. πŸ™‚

  19. I love your group portraits! Do you ask permission? I have never been brave enough to photograph people in the street. They all look so natural and unselfish-conscious.

  20. You captured so much of the essence of this place… I will long remember my first visit through Chinatown in SF. Thanks for the revisit!

  21. Fine set, again! Love You don’t Scare Me. πŸ™‚

  22. Just totally captivating…you done it again.

  23. Beautiful!

  24. Good pictures, Jane – my favourite is “Rainy Day, Grant Street”, the bent figure under his orange umbrella really gets to me. Adrian πŸ™‚

  25. A lovely summary of Chinatown in SF, Jane, it captures so very well , the daily live of people living there, I truly enjoyed your images.

  26. What a perfect collection for the new year! Wishing you much prosperity and all the other good things! Loved the flavor of china town you captured here. It’s such a great place. Doesn’t look like it’s changed all that much in the decades I’ve been gone.

  27. A wonderful collection of a very interesting part of SF. We caught the NY parade on 2010 – hard to believe that was 9 years ago!

  28. Another great collection Jane. I especially like the rainy day photo, and the musicians.
    Alison

  29. Love these!
    One of my most memorable places in SF…. we got there just in time for the New year parade !!

  30. I had heard you don’t put lipstick on a pig, but I guess that doesn’t apply to toenail polish. Thanks Jane. Highly entertaining.

  31. Great Photos – I love the colours πŸ™‚

  32. How often have you encountered people who objected to having their picture taken?
    And yes, that’s one swell pig.

    • A few times over the years and I respect it, of course. I’m a fairly stealthy photographer. Thanks, Steve.

      • Speaking of stealth, I remember decades ago seeing ads in photography magazines for a device with an opening on one side that would attach to the front of a lens. Inside was a mirror mounted 45Β° to the horizontal that would therefore turn the line of sight 90Β° sideways. The purpose of the apparatus was to let a photographer take surreptitious pictures, presumably of people, but I guess it might have helped with certain animals, too.

  33. really fabulous shots Jane…..so charming…love the vibrant colors in the street scenes….πŸ‘

  34. A wonderful collection showcasing a vibrant neighbourhood – I particularly liked the Rainy Day on Grant Street!

  35. Fantastic photography and aaahhh the pig ❀

  36. Beautiful pictures! I love how this series gives a real feel for the placeand the people living there:-) Thanks for sharing!

  37. Well, that cute little pig was quite a surprise. I adore your Chinatown posts.

  38. Excellent images.
    Happy Year of the Pig.

  39. Happy Chinese New Year Jane! Made me remember our Asian adventure 😊. Love the pig❀️❀️

  40. Wonderful. I like the Chinese-ness mixed with typical US style brick buildings. The B&W picture with the fire escape – very neat.

  41. Have not been to SF for years but Chinatown is my favorite place . Thanks for the photos . XXOX

  42. Oh Jane, your photos are really great πŸ™‚

  43. I am always taken by your clear vision, not to mention technical prowess.

  44. Wonderful images, Jane. They evoke the area so well!

  45. These are really great! I really like that orange umbrella in the rain and that PIG!

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