The 24 Hour Project is a worldwide effort by photographers to document the state of humanity in their cities for 24 hours, 1 photo captured and posted per hour. I participated this year for the first time and chose my town of Fairfax, a small community in the northern suburbs of San Francisco. It was a real challenge, both creatively and in sheer physical endurance, but very rewarding. According to my phone, I covered over 18 miles on foot over the course of the 24 hours.
I met a lot of interesting people and saw my little town at its best, and sometimes its most frustrating. Like most other small towns in the Bay Area, Fairfax is struggling with how to manage growth, skyrocketing housing prices and retaining its “small-town feel”. Online (and sometimes in-person) battles rage over the school system, new housing options, traffic management and perceived quality-of-life issues.
Within the constraints of the 1-image-per-hour format, I have tried my best to capture all sides of life here.