Periphery Project


The last few weeks, I finished walking the stretch of South San Francisco shoreline and started back at Hwy 92, heading south from there. I’m still kind of catching up here with the images, and after this I think I’ll try to post at the end of each week with my favorites from that week’s walk. I’m still fumbling around in the studio, establishing my parameters with new work, and learning how these walks are influencing my painting and drawing. I’ll try to post later this week and let you see what that looks like (hint: it’s a mess). Until then, some photos…


The photograph above was taken from the empty Candlestick Park parking lot, facing northeast…


RIP Candlestick. I did not grow up going to games there, so I don’t have any attachment to the place or structure, but it was fascinating and a little sad, standing in the adjacent field, watching the demolition. Every now and then, a cloud of white particulate would rise from the center, like smoke. This area next to the bay is going to change a lot in the next few years. For now, it is an exceptionally quiet stretch of Bay Trail. A little unnerving, really, with a sense of abandonment.


Back in Foster City last week I walked a few miles of mud flats and tidal inlets.


Some sections of the trail seem bland and unexceptional, but I am always surprised by the texture and color that are there if I slow down to notice.


And of course this, constantly, overhead. Airplanes tracing diagonal likes across the sky. This week I’ll be picking up where I left off and walking in Redwood City. Have a fantastic week!

5 thoughts on “Periphery Project

  1. Melissa Wilson

    What kind of post-production did you do on the photos to adjust color and get the fade to black along the edges. It is super cool! What kind of camera were you using? These are great photos.

  2. LisaK Post author

    Hi Melissa, I travel light while walking, so they are taken with my iphone, and in keeping with them really just being snapshots, I run them through an app called Shake It Photo, which makes it look like a poloroid. There are other apps out there that do the same thing. Other than that, I rarely adjust them.

    1. Melissa Wilson

      Thanks Lisa for your reply! I feel relieved that you are doing this in such a simple way! They are really interesting. I went to the DeYoung last night and saw this exhibition and some of yours have similar content and feel. I took special note when I saw yours. BTW, I have subscribed to your blog for quite a while and appreciate your work and your postings.

      1. LisaK Post author

        Thanks for the link to the show, I’ll have to go see it. It looks like she is paying a lot of attention to lines and geometry in her photos, and that’s what I’m always thinking about too. And thanks for letting me know that you enjoy the blog–I’m glad you keep coming back to read, even after my long silences here! >

  3. Joanne Otte

    Your photos are exquisite. They inspire me to use my camera for a shot of art making in the midst of a full time job.


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