Petaluma, CA: The “Back” Story

Petaluma is one of the oldest towns in California, founded in 1858.   It was also one of the few Bay area towns to survive the 1906 earthquake relatively unscathed.  Barbara and I regularly pass through Petaluma on our way to the City (SF), and often go there just for the day to browse and enjoy the great coffee shops and restaurants.  It also happens to be one of the few towns that has long alleyways.  Many of the historic buildings back to these alleys, and I have always been a little drawn to the old-time look of the brick and the tangle of pipes and electrical wires that abound there.  I reminds me of many of the older towns and cities in the northeast where I grew up.   We spent the day there yesterday and I happened to bring my camera along.  I thought I would spend a little time cruising the alleys and photographing some of these old historic hideaways.

I was also surprised at all the “Art”  I found along the way.   It was comforting to see the art there as it made one feel like it was relatively safe to be there, which it was.  This is a different kind of subject for me, and is much more the purview of my brother Chris, who lives in Long Island, works in the City, and makes an excellent study of street photography.  I just couldn’t pass up this opportunity to try and capture the flavor of this unnoticed and underappreciated part of this beautiful and historic town.  I hope you enjoy the tour.  This one’s for you Chris.

Equipment:  Nikon D3s;   Lens – Nikkor 24 -70 mm



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