Photo Of The Day: The Albany Bulb
Albany Bulb is a park on the bay in Albany, California that has a small beach and lots of graffiti artwork.

Photo Of The Day: The Albany Bulb

Urban artwork at the Albany Bulb in Albany, California

January and February 2022 were Omicron months, when day trips and local walkabouts were put on hold … again. Time during those months was spent editing photographs from the fall trips and shooting things in my everyday life.

March has been lightening up though. Last week my friend L. and I took a small walkabout around the Albany Bulb. The Bulb is a local park, being part of The Albany Shoreline near Berkeley where I live.

L. and I met up at my local Peet’s – and when we realized we hadn’t seen each other since before the pandemic! we decided to go for a walk down by the water. The Bulb is a great place to walk dogs or sit on the small beach and watch the sun set over the Golden Gate Bridge or Mt. Tam (depending on the time of year). Our walk happened late in the day, so it was close to the golden hour.

The park was built on loose landfill, so there is quite a bit of concrete and construction debris laying about that has been painted with graffiti over the years and sculptures made from trash that had once laid about the area. The park has quite a history, from natural marshland to landfill and construction debris dump, to homeless encampment, to park … from being a place on the edge of society to being a place to walk the dogs and watch a sunset.

Even though it was the golden hour, the light was strong, terribly contrasty, and hard on the eyes. I didn’t fight with my exposures, and just figured I would compensate in photoshop. Even so, I think I did get a few ok shots in before the sun went down.

Images are up, under the California Gallery here on the site and on Alamy.

Kimberly Kradel

Artist, Writer, Photographer. Publisher of ARTIST-AT-LARGE.

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