Inaugural post


At this point I have been taking kite aerial photographs for almost 20 years and this happy pursuit has become, for me, a way of reading landscapes of interest. I have long been fascinated by San Francisco‚Äôs military history and its role in shaping San Francisco’s coastal headlands. Over the years I have frequently visited and photographed the headlands and the defense works they hold. I continue to find this a compelling subject. The battery sites, when viewed from above, display such purposeful geometries against a foil of encroaching natural textures. The headlands are such a pleasant place to spend time and are within easy striking distance from Berkeley. Plus, the back stories about the formation of the defense works make the subject particularly rich.

Scenes near the Golden Gate

The teaser image sent to Bill Prochnow.

So, now that retirement is upon me I have decided to get a bit more organized about photographing the defense works. I put together a brief description of my interest along with a teaser image and sent it along to Bill Prochnow at the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. Bill was kind enough to connect me with John Martini, former Curator of Military History at the Presidio, and Steve Haller, historian with the National Park Service. In short order I gained the status of volunteer for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and a list of sites the park was interested in documenting. Thus begins what I believe will be a most pleasant project exploring the coastal defenses of San Francisco.

This WWW site will serve as a place to gather and share notes, reports on fieldwork, and samples of the kite photographs by the project.

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