Feb 18, 2010

by English Muse

Under a balmy blue sky

It felt like summer today…
San Francisco
You could smell incense in the warm air as the city’s large Chinese community welcomed the new year with shrines to Buddha and prayers
for good luck..

As usual, I was distracted by all the architectural details…
San Francisco
The buildings are so European.
San Francisco
But the weather and vibe is pure California…
At the moment, the huge bay windows in my hotel room are propped open and I’m listening to the city life outside: that ringing trolley bell and all those squeaky breaks, worn from climbing all those hills.

And I understand why many hearts are left here.

(Photos taken with a 1970s Polaroid OneStep Flash camera.)


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29 Responses to “San Francisco Polaroids”

  1. Atticus and Juliet says:

    so beautiful! gosh, i'd love to visit sf someday!

  2. vanessa joie says:

    I love San Francisco. Your Polaroids are beautiful.

  3. Simply Luxurious says:

    Beautiful polaroids! Couldn't you just spend hours walking up and down the hills taking in the architecture? If only it weren't for all the hills! =)

  4. katrina says:

    these are gorgeous, Tina! i especially LOVE the first one — so retro!

  5. The Art Cupboard says:

    how pretty! i love sf. so great. the bottom photo is my favorite

  6. Tina says:

    thank you!!! i really appreciate your kind comments!

  7. pearl. says:

    oh i wish i could be there!
    the buildings do loo very european, i love the first and second polaroid. the colours are stunning!
    Pearl xo

  8. kelly ann says:

    oh these are so beautiful!
    i want to teleport to san fran right now! 😉

  9. Destination Inspiration says:

    I would love to travel to America one day, and visit San Francisco among many other gorgeous cities…here's hoping!

  10. Caroline says:

    I love these photos!! I was just there on Sunday… hop on over to my blog and check out pictures of my favorite city. XO

  11. The Dapper Darling says:

    You get a sunshine award from me!

    Visit my blog to get the details!

    Love your blog!!

  12. Rouenna says:

    I love looking at SF's Victorian homes. Thanks for posting.


    Tina darling, i can picture you living in the bay area…perhaps near the Marina district/ south of Market lofts?!

  14. Laura Trevey says:

    Just look at that Gorgeous Sky!!

  15. Giulia says:

    I can see/hear/smell it, Tina. Polaroids are terrific.

    Some years ago I was walking in SF & just like you I am distracted by architectural detail. It's a wonder I haven't met my end in Rome (or elsewhere). Anyway, chatting to a friend & looking up (ignoring or not hearing her warning), I walk-tripped headlong into a large crate of Chinese greens. They are a lovely addition to a food plate: adornment, taste, & vitamins; to one's head & shoulders? Not so much.

    One of my more embarrassing moments in life. And that's saying something. Ahem.

    I hope Lola is enjoying her first trip to SF, along with the rest of the family.

    ciao bella

  16. jennifer says:

    such beautiful cerulean!!!!!!!

  17. nattyice says:

    thank you for these little pieces of california. i miss it so…

  18. Mlle Paradis says:

    It really is a very special place with beautiful light. Thanks for the little tour!

  19. Jessie says:

    Le sigh.. I've always admired your polaroids! I wish I could take pictures with even a hint of your point of view. Beautiful!

  20. Sarah says:

    I LOVE your Polaroids. They are wonderful and transport me to another place and time. Bravo!

  21. denise, the prime magpie says:

    I love how Polaroids make everything look so soft with a bit of a vintage flair. Love San Francisco — one of my favorite cities.

  22. Jaime says:

    Pretty polaroids! I loved San Fran when I went in 2000. Would love to visit again soon!

  23. TheBeautyFile says:

    LAY SIGHHHH! I love SF…I would love to go back and stay for a long long time!

  24. Julia-Megumi says:

    I adore your Polaroid photos. They are absolutely beautiful!

  25. The Lil Bee says:

    That first photo is unreal. You are such a great photographer, Tina! Seriously…this is your (second) calling:)

    PS loving the idea of a ringing trolley bell outside my window right now…

  26. emily says:

    they are so magical. i love them.

  27. Katherine says:

    Hi Tina! I love your blog! Where do you most enjoy staying in San Francisco? I'm planning a last minute trip there for the weekend and would love a recommendation (or two)! You mentioned the huge bay windows in your hotel room– which hotel? Sounds so lovely…

  28. Stacey says:

    I've lived in the Los Angeles area for 9 years, and never ventured to San Fran, a place I always longed to go. I believe that these photos have captured the essence of how San Francisco lives in my imagination. Thanks so much for sharing.

  29. The Photodiarist says:

    These are beautiful!

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