Things I’ve Seen

“What the human eye observes casually and incuriously, the eye of the camera notes with relentless fidelity.”

~Berenice Abbott


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Remember Us, Clarion Alley


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Golden Gate Puddle


“Nothing happens when you sit at home. I always make it a point to carry a camera with me at all times…I just shoot at what interests me at that moment.”

~Elliott Erwitt

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Read Here Now, City Lights


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Chains, The de Young


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Soup and Sandwich


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Race Day


“If you are out there shooting, things will happen for you. If you’re not out there, you’ll only hear about it.”

~ Jay Maisel


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Santa Monica Radiator


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Demoncracy in Action


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Alfre Woodard


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Last Leaves


“I see something special and show it to the camera. The moment is held until someone sees it. Then it is theirs.”

~Sam Abell

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Good Job



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  1. simply stunning and beautiful photos!!!

  2. Beautiful seeing! Love that Jay Maisel quote 😉

  3. Love your work. Have you ever considered a book?
    Or maybe an e-book on photography? Full screen would have its virtues…
    (Though the paper… ah! the paper)
    Take care

    • Thank you so much, Brian. I really appreciate it. I’ve done several personal printed books over the years and I agree, print is the way to really enjoy a photograph. I have thought about doing books that encapsulate the themes that I’ve drawn on in my blog.
      Appreciate you taking the time to respond. 🙂

  4. They are the Perfect pair 😉 – soup & sandwich

  5. Wonderful observations and street photography. I am impressed with your ability to keep finding new ways to photograph the GG Bridge! I like the images that are about color first, like ‘Santa Monica Radiator’. The color also adds so much to ‘Soup and Sandwich’ … fantastic vision and capture! Your B&W ‘Palms’ also made me stop and look a little longer. You are off to a great 2020 start Jane!

    • Hi Denise, I’m so glad you enjoyed these! Having an iPhone at all times opens up the world to those “everyday” moments that I find so enticing. I like how you said “color first”- so true. Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts. 🙂

  6. Great collection Jane! You are pretty much a “Legend of Fine and Interesting Images!”
    You are also a wonderful, heartfelt communicator!
    I resonate with the Elliot’s quote …” I just shoot at what interests me at that moment.”
    Hard to pick a favourite but I’ll go with “Soup and Sandwich” and “Democracy in Action”

  7. Perhaps I may have commented on this one (see? I have the same problem). I know I looked at this before. Love the captures, but the quotes spoke to me and pretty much described what it is I like to do. Who knew others felt the same? {giggle}

  8. An interesting and eclectic collection. Makes me feel a little guilty – I don’t think I’ve had my main camera out the front door for two or three months…

  9. Every one each so unique from the other. How I enjoyed scrolling slowly through these images. I especially loved the two men with the hot pink wall in the back. The colors and the composition in that are incredible, Jane! Thank you for this post!

  10. Jane, this is wonderful – there are so many interesting scenarios in this series. The title is apt, the first quote is too. Wow, the soup and sandwich couple, superb!!! That was a gift and you knew what to do. I love the sidewalk flapper and the radiator service place, too. Very nice composition in “Palms” so that we see how the palm shapes are subtly echoed in the clouds. “Chains” from the museum is right up my alley – I assume it’s a sculpture, and I wonder to what extent the shadows on the wall are part of the piece intentionally. In any case, I appreciate what you chose to frame. The “Race Day” expressions do not make me want to get out and run. 😉 Interesting. “Demoncracy” is fun, and “Good Job” is excellent, I can take credit for that at least….check that box! 🙂

    • Hi Lynn, Your comments always make me smile and it means a lot that your eyes linger on an image to really take them in. I hope that the bakery in which I found those two gents sees the IG post I tagged them in so I can get prints to them. That would be fun. Pleased you like this eclectic mix- I started this theme- without a theme- for a place to post my outliers. 😉 Thanks very much for your positive response – always appreciated. 🙂

      • Good idea, getting the image tagged on IG. Maybe they’ll be back and someone will bring it to their attention. If it happens, let us know, OK? Outliers – we all have them. “Things I’ve Seen” is a really good umbrella to gather them under. Cheers!

  11. Great photos as usual. I really love the two guys eating the soup and sandwiches in the cafe.

    I also love that Sam Abell quote. He is one of my favorite photographers.

  12. Especially the last one is great 👍

  13. LOVE THESE!!! And so happy to see a few that were taken with me present!!!!! That’s fun. Can’t till the next time we can wander and catch photo moments. Love you so much.

  14. Excellent series, I particularly like the friends having lunch and the lines and colour in the radiator shop photo.

  15. Wonderful, diverse set of images. My two favourites, which are next to each other but which couldn’t be more different from each other, are Chains, The de Young (the barbed wire is so eloquent) and Soup and Sandwich (to which the colour of the wall adds so much). I enjoy and admire your photography, Jane. A 🙂

  16. Very nice, I like the first image the most but can really relate to that last one 🙂

  17. The image of the flapper was most interesting, particularly how it got on the ground. And, of course, the quote in chalk, “Good job in getting out of bed today!” Words to live by (lol). 🙂

  18. Enjoyed Soup and a Sandwich, and had to laugh with the last one. Thanks, Jane!

  19. Thanks for this beautiful uplifting gallery Jane. I love “Soup and Sandwich” which I feel Vermeer would love to have painted 😊

  20. Love the creativity in this post. Thanks for sharing these pictures with us!

  21. You see things most wouldn’t including me. Great collection of iPhone snaps, Jane. The Golden Gate and Chains reflections would be my favorites if I had to choose but they are all fine images. The title made me think of Dr. Seuss. 🙂

  22. An inspiring post, with so many great images. Observing life as it’s lived. ( Thank the Almighty for iPhones)

  23. You see things, Jane – thank you for making us see as well. It is the little things that often are the most enigmatic and beautiful …Love them all, but my heart belongs to the gentlemen of Soup and Sandwich. Wish you a lovely Sunday.

  24. Very interesting captures. Each give different feeling or message. “Remember Us, Clarion Alley” is captivating to me. I also love the chain and the two men having soup and sandwiches pictures.

  25. Excellent series.
    The good thing about smart phones is, that you’re always carrying a decent camera with you. So you have the possibilities to catch these moments.

    • Hi Rabirius, Exactly! I stopped making excuses for iPhone shots a long time ago. They are some of my favorites because they do indeed capture the moment at hand. Pleased you enjoyed this mix- thanks very much.

  26. Every one a stunner and the last one a MUST!

  27. Wow! Soup and Sandwich is really an awesome picture👍👍👍

  28. ❤ Brilliant! Those two guys eating are amazing. As is demoncracy.

    • Thanks very much, Manja. Those gents… And Demoncracy is in a famous alley in SF known for its street artists who are chosen to paint their messages. I happened to catch her working which was fun. Glad you enjoyed!

  29. It is a pleasure having discovered your blog by chance, Jane. Beautiful to see your mindset and approach coming through in this, yet again, impressive array of photographs! Like so many others who are enjoying these photographs, please, do accept my thanks as well.

    • Hi SK, I’m pleased you found me, thank you so much. I really appreciate you taking the time to look and enjoyed it. I will visit yours, as well. Hope you are having a great start to the new year.

      • Hi, Jane.

        You are welcome to visit any of my sites, whenever it is you wish. Your photography is, of course, enjoyable… the character of it.

        My new year has been just fine. I hope, this would be a great year for you, and your loved ones too!

  30. A lovely mix of shots, Jane. The puddle reflection stands out for me and I also like the Ram Dass-ian instruction to “Read Here Now”. “Good job” also made me smile. Enjoy your Sunday.

  31. Wonderful, Jane! Soup and sandwich is my favorite, too. I always feel a little guilty using my phone but it is sometimes liberating not to carry gear and “the photographer makes the photo, not the camera”.

  32. Soup and sandwich – you must have invited us all for lunch 🙂 Wonderful picture. And the little portrait on the pavement I find exeptional as well. There are story’s to be told.

  33. Oh these are just wonderful – a little microcosm of Jane’s wanderings. Soup and a Sandwich is especially fabulous! If I’d have seen that I’d have snapped it up too.

    • Exactly, Alison. Pleased you enjoyed this eclectic mix of what I find along the way. You would’ve definitely been snapping away at the Soup men- it was hilarious how they never looked up at me once. 🤣 Thanks so much for your enthusiastic response.

  34. That’s a great abstraction with those chains.
    While I relate to Elliott Erwitt’s advice to always carry a camera, it’s not the case that things don’t sometimes come to a person at home. Most common for me in that category is pictures of squirrels taken through my computer room window.

    • Thanks, Steve. Chains was part of a powerfull exhibit, Soul of a Nation, Art in the Age of Black Power. Even at home, you still have to have your camera by your side. I bet Elliott has an iPhone.

  35. Some wonderful photos here Jane, you definitely have the ‘eye’ for a great subject. Love those two old guys having their lunch.

  36. Lovely series of unrelated topics. Shows your versatility… (Suzanne)

  37. Turning radiator service into art is a day well lived.

  38. Another great series, Jane, but wow, ‘Soup and Sandwich’ is awesome! ❤

  39. What a nice little portfolio to click on!

  40. 💕soup and sandwich ☺️ lovely post Jane ~ smiles Hedy

  41. Some classic Jane candids sprinkled with humor there my friend. Loved the puddle shot especially.

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