Photographer Spotlight: Jan F-F, Day Four

Today, I’ll be posting a few pictures from one of San Francisco’s best-known tourist destinations, Alcatraz. Of course, I’ll be posting pictures that are a bit different from what you might expect because I think there are always new angles to be found even when a location has become a photographic cliche. I took these pictures just under a year ago, with my Canon 400D and 17-40L.

Jan Flatley-Feldman / Staff Photographer

This first picture is of a water tower near the top of the island and is titled “a camera is not an eye.” Alcatraz was abandoned approximately 60 years ago, and the metal of the tower has decayed, creating a sloppy coat of rust. An interwoven network of triangles supports the remains of the actual reservoir. The tower rises up out of the lower left corner, the dense mass of rust and iron contrasting with the blank San Francisco sky to the right.

Jan Flatley-Feldman / Staff Photographer

This is a depiction of a wall inside of the Alcatraz cafeteria, and it is titled “a patch of nothingness.” The original, peeling wall meets a wall of modern construction. A system of pipes carries electrical current back and forth. There are a number of intersection of various colors – light green, faded white, new and shiny white, and scratched brown floor.