Michelle

About

I'm Michelle, and I take photos of the storytellers for the project. My goal, similar to Jeff's, is to capture who they are in their own element.

I moved to San Francisco in 1999 right out of art school because I was creatively inspired by the city—its culture, its architecture, the mix of people here, and the worldliness of the city.

When San Francisco started to change in the early 2010s, I felt the need to document the things that inspire me in this city as they were disappearing rapidly. Doing so drew me away from painting and illustration and into film photography. For me, film photography is a hands-on, more tactile medium than digital photography. It trusts you to go with the flow and makes you stay in the moment.

As for subject matter, I've lived in the Mission for 18 years. The neighborhood was a huge inspiration for my art, and as it changed dramatically, I started to document the people and the places of the Mission, and then spread out to photograph other parts of the city as well. This turned into long photo walks throughout San Francisco. For more of my street photography, follow me on Instagram: @luckykilfeather

In 2016, I met Jeff at Boozeland, where I have been bartending since 2013. We talked a lot about our mutual love of SF, including the things we were losing. His art was storytelling; mine was documentary street photography. Out of those talks, we decided it would be awesome to combine the two, and the idea for Storied: San Francisco was born.

Shows

Recent Shows

In this podcast, Alia picks up where she left off in Part 1 , sharing stories of joining her mom on pot-brownie runs in The City…

Storied: San Francisco S4 E4 27 mins

It isn't every episode that we get to learn more about the main character in a book. First of all, if you haven't already read Home…

Storied: San Francisco S4 E4 26 mins

This one's pretty much all about San Francisco politics 20 years ago. Matt talks about how it was that he ended up running for political office…

Storied: San Francisco S4 E3 29 mins

Matt Gonzalez's life could've turned out very different. ​Born in McAllen, Texas, and raised there and across the river in Reynoso, Tamaulipas (Mexico), Matt recalls spending…

Storied: San Francisco S4 E3 31 mins