here in SF: City of Hills
Traveling photographer, Jer Johns, journeys out onto the streets of San Francisco to try to capture 1000 photos of the city over a 30-day period while attempting to sleep on the streets and survive minimally. He is taken in by someone that he met through a Tumblr post and a friendship is made as Jer explores the city meeting some of its many characters. More
Jer Johns had just spent the last year-and-a-half traveling around the country. He had stayed in over 70 different homes in over 50 cites with hundreds of strangers that would become friends. After arriving in San Francisco in March of 2015, He decided that it was time for a new experience. He challenged himself to 30 days of exploring the streets of San Francisco and its many neighborhoods trying to capture at least 1000 photos, eventually adding to that challenge by raising funds to give meals to people down on their luck living on the city’s streets.
He started the experience trying to sleep (with little success)on the streets anywhere he could find a dry, warm place. He met numerous different characters, characters that you’d think were from the pages of any classic fictional book - characters that can be seen in the here in SF photo book. He would eventually end up spending his time between the streets and staying with a guy, Eddy. He had met Eddy through a Tumblr post online.
Jer’s experience took him from surviving on little food and struggling to find anywhere he could sleep on the streets to enjoying his first tastings (multiple course meals) in high end restaurants and staying in Eddy’s spare bedroom in a luxury apartment overlooking the city.
He came to the city with nothing more than a backpack, a gym bag full of clothes, a laptop, his camera, and an open mind to any adventure that might find his way to him. He left with less while having gained so much from the experience.
Written as a day-by-day account of Jer’s experiences over the 30-day period, this adventure will have you laughing, crying, and every emotion in-between.
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