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Walking through the square

This group was walking through Alamo Square after Bay to Breakers when I photographed them.

Panasonic GF1 + 20mm f/1.7 pancake lens, processed in Adobe Lightroom

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Mid-race texting

I can’t think of another race in which a participant would dress up as a ballerina or stop halfway through to message her friends on her BlackBerry. But this is San Francisco, and this is Bay to Breakers.

Leica M8 with 40mm Leica Summicron-M, processed in Adobe Lightroom.

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Is the history of France the history of love?

The juxtaposition between this awkward looking couple and the advertisement was too good to ignore. Click on the image for the actual, uncropped version.

Leica M8 with 40mm Leica Summicron-C, processed in Apple Aperture

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Americans in Paris

When I lived in France, I made monthly treks to Galignani and the Village Voice in Paris to stock up on American novels. Galignani is supposedly the first English language bookstore in Europe—yeah, that’s right!—and Philip Roth is, along with Paul Auster, probably the most popular American novelist in France. Here’s Roth’s latest, Indignation, on display at Galignani in April 2010.

Leica M8 with 40mm Leica Summicron-C, processed in Apple Aperture

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At the starting line

At this red light, two bikers look left and two look right. Who’s going to come out ahead? My money is on the woman with the Kookai bag.

Leica M8 with 40mm Leica Summicron-C, processed in Apple Aperture

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Getting a light

This young man takes a break from his kitchen to smoke a cigarette, standing just out of the shadows and in the light on the Boulevard des Italiens.

Leica M8 with 40mm Leica Summicron-C, processed in Apple Aperture

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When the light changes, the texting stops

This man in a suit typed furiously on his BlackBerry while he sat at a red light near St. Germain. As the light turns to green, he places his phone back in his pocket before he pedals away.

Leica M8 with 40mm Leica Summicron-C, processed in Apple Aperture

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Peace, love, scooters

You don’t see helmets like this in California, that’s for sure.

Leica M8 with 40mm Leica Summicron-C, processed in Apple Aperture