The Changing Light~ Lawrence Ferlinghetti


Lawrence Ferlinghetti turned 100 this week and San Franciscans celebrated with readings of his poetry at City Lights Bookstore and around the Bay Area. 

 

The Changing Light

The changing light

                 at San Francisco

       is none of your East Coast light

                none of your

                            pearly light of Paris

 

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Twilight and Coit Tower

 

The light of San Francisco

                        is a sea light

                                       an island light

 

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Hills and Homes

 

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Painted Ladies

 

And the light of fog

                   blanketing the hills

          drifting in at night

                      through the Golden Gate

                                       to lie on the city at dawn

 

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Headlands and Fog

 

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Tugboat and Fog

 

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Moonset and Fog

 

And then the halcyon late mornings

       after the fog burns off

            and the sun paints white houses

                                    with the sea light of Greece

 

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Summer Day

 

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Sunrise and Fog

                

         with sharp clean shadows

                       making the town look like

                                it had just been painted

~Lawrence Ferlinghetti, 2000

 

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Headlands, Fog and City

 

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Twin Peaks View

 

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Via Ferlinghetti

 

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City Lights and Transamerica

 

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City Lights Bookstore

 

“Poetry is eternal graffiti written in the heart of everyone.”
~ Lawrence Ferlinghetti

 

 

 

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108 comments

  1. What a beautiful city you live in, Jane.

  2. Perfect marrying – enjoyed

  3. Wonderful photos and poetry, Jane. !00-years-old is a very good age. San Francisco looks really beautiful in all of your amazing shots. Makes me want to visit again. 🙂

  4. Thanks for the tour of your lovely city Jane. Brings back lots of happy memories. Have a great week.

  5. 🙂 I’ve missed you! The one thing I can say, is that SF is your city ~ you own it 🙂
    You also have what I think is one of the coolest tools at your disposal while shooting, fog & mist. It is magical, and when combined with your touch with the lens and perfect lighting a photo worth hanging is created. Great post.

    • Hi Randall, Miss you, too! 😁 Thanks for your visit and lovely comment. Ferlinghetti’s words help me to see..this beautiful city and the incredible light. Very pleased you enjoyed –coming from your artistic eye, that means a lot.

  6. OMG…WOW…fantastic shots Jane…truly mindblowing….what an eye…i own’t even try to figure out how u captured moonset n fog??? gorgeous!!

  7. Very nice cityscape series. Like the foggy ones. I have an image of the Transamerica Tower in my archives when she was a young building (circa 1976).

  8. Wonderful, Jane. How perfect is that–Ferlinghetti is a quintessential SF poet and your photos illustrate his work beautifully. The light in your shots is terrific. I hope City Lights is continuing to thrive. I must go there the next time I’m in SF.

  9. This poem by Ferlenghetti accompanied by your photoogrpahs of San Francisco remminds me of the Lewis Hine quote you have on your ‘A Gentle Rain’ post. Ferlenghetti’s capacity to tell us the San Francisco story in such a painterly, eloquent and precise manner perhaps spared him from ‘lugging around a camera’. You choose to lug… Lucky for me and many others who get to enjoy your photographs and in my case learn from them.

    • Hi Arati, Oh yes, I love that quote. I’m very happy you enjoyed this pairing and that the quotes and poems I share are read. 🙂 Thank you very much for your visits and kind, encouraging words.

  10. San Francisco is a beautiful city, and you’ve captured it well. I used to visit a friend there often, but now it’s been years.

  11. Hello. I like your site.

    Ferlinghetti is still sharp as a tack. I read a recent interview with him that clearly shows that. He’s probably the hippest 100-year-old on the planet.

    Neil Scheinin

  12. What a super poem and how marvellous the pairing with your images. It is as though the poem was written for your photography of your delightful city. It has been a while now since my last visit but I remember it well.

    • Hi Jude, Thank you so much. Your comment means a lot to me- Ferlinghetti’s words paint inspiring pictures in my mind. Glad it brought back good memories- San Francisco has a way of stealing hearts. 🙂

  13. How gloriously you’ve illustrated Ferlinghetti’s poem.

  14. Lovely collection Jane. I especially like the one of the bookstore. And Coit Tower at twilight.
    Alison

  15. I love this, Jane….how does he do it? Good genes I guess, and good attitudes too, maybe? It’s good to hear about him being celebrated him in town, and what a great idea to honor him here, in this way. It’s like a duet, both of you expressing your love for the city. It all makes me smile. (Love the sharp clean shadows and paint job of the Via Ferlinghetti photo, and ending with City Lights is perfect).

    • Thank you very much, Lynn. It is amazing and wonderful that he is 100 – unable to attend the festivities but still writing with a new book out! I love that you called this a duet– how lovely and much appreciated. 🙂

  16. Oh how I loved this post, Jane. A fantastic tribute to Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s serene love for San Francisco, paired with your stunning photographs. It’s true, the light here in SF is such a gift, and lends tireless beauty to all elements of this gorgeous city and its many different moods. One of my favorite looks in SF is the fog when it’s in ribbons, and you did a magnificent job of capturing it in “Headlands, Fog and City.”

    • Hi Jet, Happy you enjoyed this “love letter” to SF. Ferlinghetti’s beautiful poem so aptly describes our city and inspires me. Glad “Headlands” caught your eye– made from Twin Peaks. I wish I did time lapse photography to catch those mesmerizing ribbons of fog crawling over the hills. I love that, too. Thank you very much for your kind local’s eye response. 🙂

  17. Beautyful Pictures of a very impressive City. I remember my 2016 travel to SF!

  18. Wow, Jane! You just totally transported me back to the days when I lived in this magical city! Catching the changing light that I only wished I could have back in the day when I was a total novice with a camera… Thank you so very much for this!

  19. You could have stopped after the first photo but you kept them coming, each one building on the one before just like his words. This is a magnificent tribute to the City and the man.
    Ω

  20. Jane, this is an Awesome post! I loved the way you blended Ferlinghetti’s poem with your wonderful photos! What a great idea!!! One of these days I will tempt you into doing that for one of my poems! Bellissimo!!
    Xoxoxo

  21. You do so very well by your city, this was like opening a wonderful storybook. I cannot imagine anyone who wouldn’t jump at the chance to visit these scenes.

  22. The combination of words and images is excellent – captures the delight of SF!
    Thanks, Jane!

  23. Beautiful tribute Jane, images and words together create still another special story.

  24. Wonderful light captures! I especially like ‘Summer Day’. I was doing something similar yesterday with a mountain peeking out above some low clouds. More pages for your Golden Gate book!

    • Hi Denise, Thanks! Classic SF and my growing collection of foggy GG photos. I made a Golden Gate book recently and used this poem on the opening page. 🙂 I bet your landscape captures of the mountains with low clouds are stunning. Will be over soon. 🙂

  25. beautiful, beautiful photos! This post is the perfect capture of SF!

    • Hi Mackenzie, That means a lot coming from a (former) SF resident. As you know, there are fantastic moments of color and light. So glad you enjoyed these–thanks very much. I hope you are enjoying Austin– another favorite city. 🙂

      • Thank you, Jane!! We are actually moving in June- so I’m soaking up every last second here. I find myself just falling more in love with the city as our move comes closer-but also trying to make the most of it 🙂 Can’t wait to share how we like Austin too! Thanks so much.

  26. Beautiful post, Jane

  27. Awesome captures of light of the city at various times. The bridge partly covered by fog looks like it was floating..amazing view.

  28. The moonset and the fog is a stunning pic! I’ve never taken a picture of the moon and have it turn out to look anything like what I was seeing.

    • Hi Emily, Thank you! The moon is challenging. In the winter in SF, it sets behind the Golden Gate – a favorite time for moon photos. I appreciate you stopping by and I’m glad you enjoyed these.

  29. What a fabulous post and beautiful tribute to Ferlinghetti.

  30. Wonderful San Francisco images! Love them … the fog and the bridge – just great!

  31. Beautiful images around San Francisco, Jane. Really like that soft and warm light falling over Coit Tower. It stands tall and mighty. So much fog rolling past he Golden Gate Bridge too. They look like massive clouds 🙂

    • Hi Mabel, I’m pleased you enjoyed this homage to Ferlinghetti. His descriptions of the light, fog and colors of SF inspire me. The fog is especially dramatic at certain times of the year. Thanks so much for your response and I hope all is well in Melbourne– another fantastic city! 🙂

  32. Beautiful photos, JAne! Absolutely stunning views.

  33. Twilight and Coit Tower – Stunning! Beautiful example of light at its best.

  34. San Francisco has a special place in my heart, among it is the very different light, temperature and shapes. Beautifully captured , Jane

  35. One of the prettiest cities in America!

  36. Your pictures perfectly captures the words of the poem. Your photos captured the SF light.

  37. I’m going to be in San Francisco in a couple of weeks, will keep an eye open for some island light!

    • How great, Andy! Perfect time for good weather coming in. We’ve had a much needed rainy winter. I hope you have a wonderful time and find lots of great light! Thanks so much for stopping by here. Don’t forget City Lights. 🙂

  38. When I was in the Peace Corps in Honduras in 1968 and 1969 I read Ferlinghetti’s A Coney Island of the Mind. By mail from Honduras I placed an order with City Lights Books, paid for with a check from a Honduran bank in lempiras, the country’s monetary unit. City Lights actually sent me the books.

    • I remember you telling me you had been in Honduras with the Peace Corps, Steve. Amazing that City Lights sent you the books. I bet Ferlinghetti would enjoy that story! Happy you enjoyed this post. Thank you.

  39. Twilight and Coit Tower❤️

  40. Wow. This is outstanding. Ferlinghetti’s words flow so gracefully with your photos. I love…’The light of San Francisco is a sea light…an island light.’ And your photos…the way they are meant for his words. Double Wow.

    • Hi Freddie, What a sweet response to this – thank you so much. This poem is a favorite and, I agree, his description of San Francisco is wonderful. It moves me to see these scenes when I am out there photographing. Your visit here is much appreciated. 🙂

  41. Such wonderful aspects of your city. I can see the love, Jane 🙂 🙂

  42. Beautiful images coupled with his words. Hail, hail, Mr. Ferlinghetti. I hear that his new novel is just about out too.

    I was in SF in 1996, my only time in the USA, upon invitation of our new friend Tasha. We were in LA and she said: “Oh I’m going to SF this weekend, you guys should come too. I’m flying there since I have my ticket yet, but you can come with my Subaru.” And so we did, along the coast. It was gorgeous. We went to the Wharf, danced to The Klezmatics in a club somewhere, went to a party of a writer opposite, in Oakland. It was brief, it felt like Vienna, Austria. I always thought I’d be back to California one day. Who knows.

    • HI Manja, What a wonderful memory! Glad these photos along with Ferlinghetti’s words evoked them. That ride up the coast is marvelous. (I am about to do it in a few days and it’s always a treat.) Yes, he has a new book out called, Little Boy. Thank you so much for your sharing your thoughts.

  43. That brought a tear to the eye. When did he write that? Couldn’t have been 1919. Your photographs nicely illustrate every stanza. Thank you.

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