Study in Contrasts

Photographer Susan Black captured this dramatic image of the breakwater on the west side of the park, boldly projecting across the silvery Bay, with the old Berkeley pier and the new Bay Bridge in the background.

Susan has lived in Berkeley since 1980, and retired twelve years ago after a career in public health. She has walked the pier and then the park almost daily. About four years ago she picked up a camera and loves it. She does both street photography and nature photography.

My street photography is my way of having folks look at what they would rather avert their eyes to…homelessness and the humanity of the unsheltered. My nature photography is my attempt to see beauty in the everyday of life…. I am on the Board of Dorothy Day Shelter and am a neighborhood activist and firm believer that every being should have food and shelter.I have had a wonderful mentor/teacher who changed my entire relationship with my camera and the world I see. I find looking through the lens a much needed antidote to current times…without the camera I would drown in despair.

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