The San Francisco PAC chapter recently got together on February 22 for a photo walk in the Mission District.
The Mission is home to a number of local and tourist favorites such as Dolores Park, a vibrant art scene and a variety of specialty restaurants and taquireas with a heavy Latino cuisine influence.
The highlight of our walk focused on the ever-changing mural artwork which was introduced in the 1970s by the Chicano Art Mural Movement. Current mural artwork displays a vast range of themes that span eclectic and surreal to political/social causes.
Fellow PAC members, Sarah Christine and Babe Barton, were kind enough to share a few of their favorite murals.
© 2014 Ji'Best Photography – “These pieces possessed not only very talented artistic features but a cultural flare with the sugar skull; which is the modern day reference to ‘Day of the Dead' or ‘dia de los muertos.' This is part of my family history, so this piece stood out particularly to me. Being a modern day pinup model, images like this inspired many of my photo shoots. I also enjoyed the creativity of this mural as well.”
“This image is my favorite. It has a powerful message and image – it certainly ‘pops' out of the wall.” – Babe Barton.
The following image really struck me as interesting with its high contrast and rich color palette. I was also impressed by the particular placement as the sun illuminates the mural in the right places just as it begins to set. I don't know if this was intentional by the artist or not, I think that this circumstantial lighting really adds to the quality of work and creativity.
After the San Francisco PAC photowalk, a few of us met for tapas at La Movida wine bar and community kitchen. We got to share laughs, stories and good food before we called it a night.
Celeste Wyrick – San Francisco Bay Area PAC Leader and PAC National Administrator.