Author: Gohar

Little Things Matter. They Really Do!

Gözde Efe is a San Francisco based multi-talented Turkish young woman; artist, singer, photographer and filmmaker. She also makes tiny books. “I fell in love with bookbinding while attending the San Francisco Art Institute. Although it came into my art practice late, it was around the same time of my discovery of the world of little things. I have always wanted to write and publish books, but I never felt right with traditional publishings. When I made my first handmade book, It’s Between Me and San Francisco, each page had only a few words, and some of them just a dot. I wanted people to embrace each and every word. I wanted them to be slow. Little things are the core of this world. It is all in the momentarily gestures, words, kindness, silence. One by one, and one step at a time. They are what makes this world lovable. “Tiny books, big thoughts.” made by you, me, trees, ocean, and the sky with love.” Please visit www.tinypublishings.com and join her email list. Gözde will …

St. Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner again, which means we’ll all be buying cards, chocolates and flowers for our significant others or ridiculing the holiday for its commercial vapidness. Here’s one version of how Valentine’s day can be celebrated from SF based filmmaker Serena Schuler. Enjoy!

San Francisco Half Marathon 2016

Congratulations to all the participants of 16th annual Golden Gate Half. It was absolutely worth getting up at 5 am to secure a great spot for photography by the Vista Point by the Golden Gate Bridge. Formerly known as the US Half Marathon, the Golden Gate Half takes uses the same course since its first running in 2002 — a run that starts and finishes in San Francisco next to Aquatic Park and then unfolds across the majestic Golden Gate Bridge, to the Marin Headlands and back. It was great to see thousands of runners, some running in groups, some with their parents or younger children in strollers, some dressed in costumes, etc. I hope you enjoy the photos from the event and possible join the marathon in 2017.

WeEDIT Makes Your Memories Last

Summer is here and it’s your time to jump in feet first, sleep under the stars and try new things! Regardless how you choose to spend your summer certainly have your cameras ready to capture all the fun moments.  Many of us come back from a vacation boasting an extensive catalog of photos detailing our memories. We can’t wait to share them with our family and friends; we know we’ve captured every great moment. Digital photography made it possible for businesses like Shutterfly to thrive. Millions used their services to organize and preserve the most memorable moments in their lives (assuming they didn’t just dump the photos straight into Facebook). “I was a regular customer myself,” says WeEDIT founder Vahe Amirbekyan, “putting together albums for vacations, my children’s birthdays, and other significant events… until I realized that even the best pictures in the best frames simply did not paint the full picture in our memories. Why should we limit our memories to photos? We increasingly move to video in many aspects – we spend hours watching videos on Vine, Snapchat, and YouTube, and we constantly shoot …

Waves, Flowers and Flames

Living Digital Space and Future Parks exhibition by teamLab was probably the most exciting 2 hours I’ve spent with my kids this year. I can’t really explain the emotions that I was experiencing while at the space. Just how the art form was so new and foreign to me, my emotional response was also quite new and intriguing. Digital technology when united with art, I believe, multiplies the emotional impact on the viewer. It takes you to a completely new space where you might even feel a bit dizzy at first but gradually let you mind join the speed and movement of the artwork and embrace the unfamiliar yet hypnotizing effect. teamLab’s remarkable production consists of over 400 members and was started in 2001 by a group of engineers based in University of Tokyo. The team is focused on creating captivating experiences by using mostly nature motifs such as water, birds, flowers, trees, etc. The installations are activated either by touch or intersection of the shadows of viewers. As we continued to interact with the waves, flowers or butterflies emerged in …

Chocolate Covered on the 24th Street

My friend Scott and I love to explore the city whenever we get a chance. That includes walking, taking photographs, stopping by at some stores, chatting with the store keepers, tasting something here and there and just enjoying each other’s company. Our last destination was 24th Street in Noe Valley.  The sign for Chocolate Covered is way up and from the outside you don’t really get what the store sells. So we walked in and met Jack, the owner who has been there for over 25 years and has the largest selection of chocolates in the city and perhaps started the very first destination store for chocolate lovers. He’s got about 900 different chocolates at the moment but is hoping to reach 1000 by the end of the year.  Besides having created his chocolate heaven, Jack has an interesting hobby; he puts street signs, antique or celebrity photographs on tin cans of different shapes and sizes and sells them at the store. He believes a lot of people buy the tin containers for sentimental value and then use it …

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

There are so many great things about winter, like the cold air that pierces through your whole body when you breathe, the frozen edges of the leaves on the ground cracking when you step on them, the smell of burning wood in the air, the naked trees, the color of the sky, the frozen mud of the path… My list can go on and on as winter is my favorite season. There’s a lot of things to do in the Bay Area and SF in winter, but if you’re tired of the busy streets and would prefer nature, hiking and outdoors photography, you can grab a camera and drive to a nice hiking trail. That’s exactly what I did last week, except it lasted for a whole week. I rented a cabin near Angels Camp, CA and spent a whole week with my family enjoying hiking in the woods and warming up by the wood burning fireplace afterwards. California never stops amazing me with it’s unique geographical diversity.  Angels Camp happens to be within short proximity to California Caverns, Big …

Christmas Gifts with a Difference

  The feeling of excitement and Christmas joy has somehow disappeared from my life a few years ago. I don’t go through the mad shopping spree, the long lines at the cash register, the gift wrapping, etc. But I do look forward for the holidays and to hanging out or doing fun things with my kids. They don’t spend a lot of time on their iPads but I prefer minimizing it by engaging them in arts and crafts activities so they can make gifts and Christmas cards for their cousins and friends.  A few days before the school holidays start, I browse the web in order to find hands on activities for my daughters and here’s what I’ve found so far. Most of these activities can be made by recycling used or old things, like socks and sweaters, old toy cars and mason jars, etc.          

Middle School, Reimagined

As a parent of school age children and as someone who values the importance of good education, I share the anxiety of a lot of parents out there  touring schools in hopes of finding a fitting environment for the much feared transition to middle school. My eldest daughter, a product of San Francisco public schools, is a sophomore at Lowell, and my youngest is a fifth grader at Ulloa Elementary. Honestly, neither of us parents nor my eldest daughter can see Maia, the youngest, in a big school setting, and that’s the reason we are looking at private schools with small size classrooms. Helen, a good friend of mine, and a mother of a fifth grader, suggested I look at Millennium School’s website and attend one of their pop-up sessions. We went to one such session with the whole family. It was a pretty exciting and informative experience that took place at the studio of EHDD Architects, the same studio that is designing the future school site. The main concern of all attending parents was a need to find an engaging …

Verlocal – Where the Experience Begins

As I was browsing the web in hopes of treating myself to an arts and crafts class for my birthday, I not only found an interesting class, but also discovered a great website –Verlocal. Verlocal provides hundreds of classes and workshops offered by local hosts, people who have expertise in various fields and happen to love teaching others. It’s like seeing something handmade on Etsy,  getting to meet the maker and learning how to do it. Impressed with their concept of an open platform for artists and makers to offer classes, I contacted the founders for an interview. The team who started Verlocal are Will Lee (CEO and Founder), Minsoo Kim (Co-Founder and Head of Business Development) and Hannah Chan (Co-Founder, Head of Design). Hannah, born and raised in Hong Kong, came to study in the US five years ago and is a UC Berkeley graduate. She met Will at a networking event: “If you meet Will, you’ll see how passionate he is about his ideas. That’s actually the reason I joined the company and …