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Scott Hess
San Francisco Bay area
I am a commercial and arts photographer based in the north San Francisco Bay area. I love to roam over the landscape and the cityscape and respond to the power and mystery of life by creating images that tell stories and share experience.
Interests: arts, culture, nature, music, community organizing, hiking
Recent Activity
My series on the coastal batteries surrounding and guarding the Golden Gate recently came to a new level of completion and exposure with the publication of my piece "Guarding the Gate- the Harbor Defenses of San Francisco" in the current... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2014 at Scott Hess Photography
San Francisco has always been prized for it's magnificent bay and surrounding, supporting lands. Even before the gold, the trend was obvious: San Francisco would be a a major connecter for the emerging United States with the Pacific World beyond.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2012 at Scott Hess Photography
Temples of Transformation. Arriba Juntos (Upward Together). 1850 Mission Street. Their mission is to meet the basic service needs of the Latino immigrants moving into the Mission District. click photo to enlarge. When President Obama pivoted from the destruction of... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2011 at Scott Hess Photography
24th and Harrison - the Mission -SF Lady Gaga made a sudden appearance all over the city last week- letting us know about her new box set being released today. She is a part of the energy of the street... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2011 at Scott Hess Photography
All the talk about Osama Bin Laden's dramatic demise has me thinking about "national defense". Coincidentally I approach Battery Boutelle, one of the Fort Scott large gun emplacements constructed to defend the Golden Gate and now provide a starkly beautiful... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2011 at Scott Hess Photography
"1001 Chairs for Weiwei" - demonstration at the Chinese Consulate 4-17-11 The brilliant Chinese avant garde artist Ai Weiwei crashed into my consciousness this past week. First I encountered his sublime piece, "Western Screetch Owl Habitats" installed in a giant... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2011 at Scott Hess Photography
"Western Screech Owl Habitats"- installed as a series of elegant porcelain "nests" by renowned Chinese avant-garde artist Ai Weiwei. The piece is a ritual request for the ten-years-gone Western Screech Owl to return to the Presidio. The connections between California... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2011 at Scott Hess Photography
This is the residence of the Japanese Consul General, 2700 Vallejo Street in Pacific Heights. The whole scene is embedded with amazing symbolism - ie. the SOLAR flag animated by a lively WIND - flying at half mast because of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2011 at Scott Hess Photography
Lobos Creek as it makes its way by the Seacliff neighborhood, west of Lincoln Boulevard. Lobos Creek is now channeling alot of water from our ongoing series of spring rains and it is a perfect time to tune in. This... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2011 at Scott Hess Photography
A fisherman on Baker Beach calls back to his family in Japan for the latest news regarding the crisis after the March 11 earthquake/tsunami/meltdowns. A businessman in San Francisco's Japantown Center absorbs the images of chaos and grief as Fukushima... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2011 at Scott Hess Photography
I enter the Olmec show at the de Young Museum with great anticipation. ("Olmec- Colossal Masterworks of Ancient Mexico: Feb 19- May 8, 2011) The Olmec were the Mother Culture of all succeeding cultures in Mesoamerica. They arose in the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2011 at Scott Hess Photography
The Hungry I has a charismatic name linked with its past as a serious performance venue. It survives now as a seedy topless joint at 548 Broadway- a shadow of it's former self. For those who are not up on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2011 at Scott Hess Photography
My historical imagination always kicks in when I descend down Montgomery Street from Broadway. This "Jackson Square" area, then hard on the waterfront was prime commercial real estate in the 1850s and 1860s. Many of those early brick and stone... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2011 at Scott Hess Photography
Those illuminated benches in Fillmore Center Plaza evoke the otherworldly, transcendent energy that propels great jazz and blues. There is a large constellation of musical venues, past and present, that radiate their power in this neighborhood. Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2011 at Scott Hess Photography
The Chinese New Year's parade is tonight (2-19-11), celebrating the Lunar New Year- the Year of the Hare. I make my way to the intersection of Kearny and Columbus as the last half of the parade makes the turn round... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2011 at Scott Hess Photography
On the way home from the Chinese New Years Parade (2-19) I decide to stop off at the Marin Headlands for a final reflective view of the City as we begin the Year of the Rabbit. It is midnight and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2011 at Scott Hess Photography
We've been living with these beautiful Beatles/iTunes billboards for over three months now and I still get a warm feeling every time I see them - especially at dusk. This one tops Rincon Hill at the entry ramp to the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2011 at Scott Hess Photography
"Cupid's Span" in Rincon Park,- by Claes Oldenburg and the Coosje Van Bruggen Here is a piece on the San Francisco waterfront to celebrate Valentine's Day. It is whimsical and romantic, but resonates with the industrial strength of the Bay... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2011 at Scott Hess Photography
Street Art on Natoma Street amidst the rubble of the old Transit Terminal bus ramps. Looking NE across Natoma Street to the site where the old Transbay Transit Terminal on First and Mission is being deconstructed to make way for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2011 at Scott Hess Photography
The drydocks at the outer edge of Potrero Point on San Francisco's southeast waterfront. The Potrero Point area, and present site of Pier 70, has long fascinated me. Centered along 20th Street at Illinois, the site holds the most extraordinary... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2011 at Scott Hess Photography
I'm down flat with a very strong flu, but I do have a couple of current images to offer before I'm really back on my feet. This is the low winter noontime sun pouring through the central portal of James... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2011 at Scott Hess Photography
I just learned of the passing of Michael McGarvey, founder and long time owner of Red's Java House located on the San Francisco waterfront just south of the Bay Bridge. This place has always amazed and delighted me with it's... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2011 at Scott Hess Photography
Both the history and the immediate presence of Black Point/ Fort Mason have a pull on me. This has always been a strategic location on the Bay. First the Spanish and then the United States military used the bluff to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2011 at Scott Hess Photography
Winter Afternoon (today), McNear Building (1886), Petaluma, California. Petaluma, where I live, lies on the northern reaches of San Francisco Bay at the head of the Petaluma River, a tidal estuary. It has long supplied San Francisco with the agricultural... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2011 at Scott Hess Photography
Flag at half mast - Fort Mason 1-10-11 The flag at Fort Mason hangs slack at half mast in response to Saturday's shooting rampage in Arizona in which six people were killed, including 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green, and fourteen wounded,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2011 at Scott Hess Photography