I take special delight in rooftop views. From such a vantage point the world below becomes a separate reality, as it always does when one is looking down from on high. The rooftops in these pictures are in a way even further removed from reality, because distance has been compressed by a telephoto lens. The little cube-like structures with vented skylights are rooftop exits for stairwells, which crown most all of the hotels and apartment buildings in the Tenderloin. On the day I took these photographs I was seeing them more as abstract shapes—patterns of rectangles, cubes and pyramids.
“City Hall Spire” (2004)
“St. Boniface Spire” (2004)