By Michael-Leonard Creditor / flexible fotography
As I mentioned last time, and in the great words of lyricist Sammy Kahn: “It very nice to go trav’lin’ … but it’s oh so nice to come home.” That’s especially true when you live in one of the most magnificent and temperate places on the planet.
It’s natural that whenever anyone travels to other places folks who live there always want to know where the traveler is from. When I’m the traveler and I tell them I live in southern California – and in San Diego, no less – the response is often something along the lines of, “It’s so beautiful there; why do you bother to leave?” My answer, by the way, is always: “Just to see how things are different elsewhere.”
Sometimes, I’ll grab my camera and spend some time walking around San Diego as if it were a city I was visiting. I try looking at familiar things and scenes like they were new to me.
One of the differences came home to me as I was choosing images for this article: although San Diego has a very old and well-developed café culture, I haven’t made much photography in them. Also, I wanted to stay away from those grand scenics that really take advantage of the natural beauty of this place on Earth. The previous essay was street scenes, so this one had to be just street scenes. San Diego Scenics will be a separate article.
For this tour, we’ll begin and end downtown, meandering though some city neighborhoods along the way.
And, speaking of downtown: next month in honor of ARCH-TOBER, let’s have A Photographic Look at some (mostly) downtown San Diego buildings that I really like. Call it, “Yes! Some Good San Diego Architecture!” If this hits the pixels before September 16, you still have time to VOTE in the Orchids & Onions “People’s Choice Award.” And, don’t forget about the awards presentation coming up on October 4.
All photos © Michael-Leonard Creditor