art by Scott ‘Tofu’ St. John

Time Travel Photos


High Tide Embarcadero

Leidesdorff Street

Tenderloin Meadow

de Young Museum in the Dunes

Chinatown (Pacific Ave. and Stockton St.)

The Wiggle, Haight and Pierce Streets

Haight Forest (Haight and Ashbury)

I wished for a camera that could take a photo of the present, the past and, maybe even the future — all at the same time.  Without that magical camera, I photographed different locations in San Francisco.  Next, I photographed natural areas in the Bay Area.  I chose places that appear as San Francisco once did before the city rose up on its windswept peninsula. 

For each work I selected a set of photos to cut, slice and reconfigure to show both a present and a past.  Each work contains an image of a place in San Francisco interspersed with images of the location’s natural past.  The results are a glimpse into to how San Francisco would have appeared prior to the arrival of Europeans.

© Scott St. John 1997-2024