There is no sweeter music to a photographer’s ears than hearing “Let’s go explore x location.” at 12:30 AM. In this case, “x” was Treasure Island, the man-made island created in the San Francisco Bay that links the two sections of the San Francisco-Oakland “Bay Bridge”. Here, the single lone tower of the newly constructed eastern spans is juxtaposed with sodium vapor-lit industrial silos at the northern end of the island.
Treasure Island was built in the mid-1930’s to hold the 1939 and 1940 Golden Gate International Expositions, a World’s Fair to celebrate the city and the two newly constructed bridges. The island was then pressed into service as a military based from 1944 until 2007. Abandoned (and historically landmarked) buildings still remain along with a large section of city of San Francisco housing projects. Large redevelopment is on the horizon as the island’s proximity to the city of San Francisco is a lure for market-rate housing.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted metering mode, ISO 1600, 122mm, f/8, 2.5 sec
Treasure Island (CA), Bay Bridge, Silos, Chain-Linked Fenced. Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA. October 27, 2013. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.