Thursday, October 05, 2006

"Riding the Yellow Trolley Car"

As you know, when we conduct our various activities in the SF Bay area, and elsewhere, we like to give the participants a little background on the specific locale that we are lucky enough to be photographing, exhibiting work of, teaching at, etc. It has to do with a reverence for location - Night Photographers (NPrs) are not the paparazzi! Sorry, Paris (Hilton).

A visit to the "Partners in Preservation" program - - recently
brought home that idea, and we were amazed at how many
of the historic locations - all Bay Area - listed we've
been involved with, over the years. From Angel Island
(where we conduct our Annual Photo Camp) to St. Peter's
Chapel, on Mare Island, the Berkeley City Club (we are
offering a first-ever NPy course on the Berkeley
Campus, this fall), and of course the historic F-line
Streetcars, which I have photographed extensively over
the past ten+ years - all our potential recipients for
a grant from the sponsors of this program. Other sites
(sights) we have photographed over the years, and
therefore honor, include Pigeon Point Lighthouse
Station, the Haas Lilienthal House in SF, and South
Murphy Windmill and Spreckel Temple of Music (the
'Bandshell'), in Golden Gate Park.

If you love the Bay Area and its rich historical,
artistic, architectural, and cultural heritage, you
have chance to help these various sites, by casting
your vote for your favorite Bay Area landmark. A $1
million grant is at stake!

Thru October 31, you can vote once-a-day for the sites
you care about. Go to

We'll not state any preferences here - we love them
(Note: "Riding the Yellow Trolley Car" is the name given to William Kennedy's collection of essays, interviews, and reviews - in it, he equates an elusive yellow trolley car with the slippery road to writing fiction - or any creative endeavor.)

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