These are my brothers.
We hang out. We have a good time. We look alike. Our favorite pastime is sending awkwardly close-up selfies to each other in group texts.
The one on the left is older. The one on the right is younger. I’m the oldest. The youngest just turned 21. So they came to visit me, and we explored San Francisco and the Bay Area.
Here is what we did.
Lands End with the Brothers. A Photo Essay.
Traveling with my brothers, while exhausting, is a rare pleasure. They both live in Maryland still, where our parents are, and I don’t see them often. Even though technology allows us to communicate easily and frequently, it isn’t the same as seeing them in person. They’re both still in school (graduate and undergraduate), so traveling out to California to see me is difficult.
But when they’re in town, I love being able to show them all my favorite places– from my favorite photo opportunities to the best cafes and bars.
And it’s also good to get to know my brothers better. I’ve known them both their entire lives, but little things that occur in day-to-day living are missed when you only see each other once in a blue moon or through the lens of a text, snapchat, or post on Instagram. So when we’re face to face, especially after it’s been a long time, it’s like I’m hanging out with a completely new set of people.
Plus, being the older sister, I am still sometimes astonished that these younger brothers of mine, long thought of as babies, are actually thoughtful, deliberate human beings with ideas, beliefs, and opinions of their own. It’s like they’re adults. Or something.
We have a good time.
This is the first of a couple posts I have in mind for documenting their visit to see me in August 2016 and celebrate Baby Brother’s birthday. We spent part of the trip in San Francisco just eating and wandering and enjoying the life of a San Francisco tourist. This part of the trip included wandering the cold edge of San Francisco: Lands End and Sutro Baths.
For those of you who have never been to Lands End and Sutro Baths in San Francisco, you need to do it. It’s a beautiful park, with paths to walk and beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean. Where ocean waves create lace on the grey sands of Ocean Beach.
// All photos taken with my Canon AE-1 on 35mm film (Portra 400, if I recall correctly).