Below The Streets

 

Circa 2001...

"These photographs are my attempt to document a part of the city that remains unseen to the majority of people who reside in the Bay Area. 'Below the Streets' captures those places and moments that exist in the dark underbelly of everyday life. People become shadows and silhouettes, black ghosts making their way through tunnels and underpasses, marking their names on the walls to document their passage. Strange writings leap from columns and corridors, reflections of ancient shamanic cave rituals. The streets become modern-day caves, capturing the expressions of urban nomads in scrawled hieroglyphics. But with the dark must come light, whether piercing through stairways leading aboveground, illuminating columns patterned with graffiti, or artificially lighting the path for a lone tunnel wanderer. This is a view of the city found beyond barbed wire fences, deep underground, below the streets."