A few years ago, a buddy of mine started working for the Treasure Island Development Authority and I was fortunate to visit him on the island located in the middle of the San Francisco Bay. It was my first time on the former Naval base and the location had a deeply profound effect on me. We ended up doing a Current TV documentary on the island’s past, present, and future. Over the last couple of years my lens has turned from video to photography. I discovered that this really enabled me to capture Treasure Island’s unique and desolate landscape as haunting stills. With its lush and rocky history as the 1939 World Fair site, 50 years of Navy occupation, and now its transition into public housing, the island has become a dreary picturesque dream to me.
Hundreds of photographs later, I am now ready to design and print the book, “Your Guide to Treasure Island.” Serving as a time capsule of sorts, the book aims to be a visual representation of present-day Treasure Island alongside historical archival photography, paralleling the different lives this mysterious landmass has lived. Due to San Francisco’s recent plans for restoration and re-development of the island, the publishing of this book comes at a critical time - it will act as a snapshot, paying tribute to our evolving culture and documenting an extremely important element of Bay Area history before it is forgotten beneath new ideas. When the book is published, I would like to donate a majority of the copies to public libraries and schools in California to serve as a historical reference and immortalize the island’s time and place in our ever-changing world.
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