Urban photography by Brad Evans

They’ve arrived…

April 22nd, 2014 Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »



Oh noes, I may have disturbed the scene!

April 13th, 2014 Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

Two in the alley

Yeah, the woman further back may have noticed me at the moment I released the shutter.  For some street photographers, taking such a picture and then putting it out there and holding it up as a street photograph would be a cardinal sin, as the “scene was disturbed”  and therefore not “candid.” Nonsense.

For a few that subscribe to that belief, the “not disturbing the scene” mantra appears to be code for not being comfortable around people for fear of being detected and subsequently challenged. What’s amazing are the strong negative views held against those that feel otherwise, or want to consider new ideas, questioning rigid notions of the past. That’s sad.  I’m chewing on those beliefs a bit and will soon have more to say.

Born and raised in San Francisco

April 8th, 2014 Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment »


It’s been awhile since I last made a portrait of a stranger I encountered on the street. With that in mind, I was pleased that Al was a good sport and let me make a few photos of him on Mission Street, near 15th. As the title suggests, Al was born and raised in San Francisco. Next time I see him I’ll hit him up for a few stories.

The chosen one

April 2nd, 2014 Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment »



Can you hear me now?

March 21st, 2014 Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment »



Stargate 2014

March 14th, 2014 Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments »



View from above

March 7th, 2014 Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments »


Through my Amtrak window

February 21st, 2014 Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment »


Somewhere in California, on the way to Reno…

Snapped though my Amtrak window…

February 17th, 2014 Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment »

Bridge Light

This photo was snapped through my Amtrak window cruising past Benicia over the Delta.  Lately I’ve been making a lot of photos that way.

Also, this photo and the previous eight were made with a new camera I’ve been trying out – the Fuji X-A1. Really digging it…

Valentine’s Day

February 15th, 2014 Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment »


Hope your Valentine’s Day was nice.  I’m sure whoever received the enormous balloon and roses from the guy up above had a wonderful one!  Snapped yesterday on BART, in San Francisco.  I think he would have been happy with another four or five inches of ceiling height!

Wheel of fortune

February 6th, 2014 Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment »


Night shot outside of NBC Studios in San Diego…

Strawberry Fields Forever

January 30th, 2014 Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »


Strawberry field, shot through my window traveling through Watsonville, California on Amtrak recently.

Justice for all

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Night train over Oakland

January 19th, 2014 Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

Over Oakland


January 12th, 2014 Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »


Outer Mission

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All tied up

January 4th, 2014 Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments »

Saran Wrap


Last Photo for 2013

December 31st, 2013 Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment »


Hope 2013 has been good for ya, and 2014 turns out even better.  Good health, Happy New Year, and Happy Snapz to all!

The Last Latte

December 26th, 2013 Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment »


I snapped this in front of Starbucks with my phone cam while wandering around San Francisco yesterday. It was Christmas day, with not too much going on in the streets.

Hope everyone had a restful Christmas!

The Birds

December 14th, 2013 Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

Birds x

Here’s looking at you…

December 7th, 2013 Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment »

Smiling Guy



Looking back

November 28th, 2013 Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments »


Daly City Dreams

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Rastaman vibrations

November 17th, 2013 Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments »


San Francisco. The Mission…


Caught from above

November 15th, 2013 Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment »



San Jose…

6,809 and sadly still counting…

November 11th, 2013 Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »


A tribute in Layfayette, California put together by building contractor Jeff Heaton starting eight years ago honoring the 6,809+ United States service members who lost their life in Iraq and Afghanistan. I was finally able to see it first-hand yesterday and it was very moving…

Street Photography?

November 8th, 2013 Posted in Uncategorized | 8 Comments »

Mission couple

But it’s a posed portrait, and not “street!”

That seems to be the view of many who write about “street photography.” I’m OK with that with the understanding that’s a personal limitation one may want to impose on themselves in order to stay true to their own vision. But when that’s cast into stone as a set of rules for others to follow then it’s time to step back and think a little deeper on the subject.

Street photography is very personal and an experiential activity. Nobody has a lock on the definition or what it is about. As an aside, I use the term “street photography” as a descriptor to clarify writing, not really liking the term because of the definitions and limitations people try to ascribe to it.

Speaking only for myself, street photography is a lot more than going out with my camera looking for people in odd situations, visual puns, or even patches of nice light to enhance a quick capture. As I’ve mentioned previously, there’s a certain energy of the street. And that is made up of people interacting with each other and their environment. Sometimes there’s a very visible dynamic and rhythm that can be seen from a distance. Many times there isn’t, or it is very subtle and shrouded from view. For myself, the aspect of discovery and understanding is far more important than actually making photographs that record a particular experience or event. Some have said, and I totally agree, that a camera isn’t always necessary.

It’s the process of discovery and understanding the rhythm and dynamics of human activity that satisfies my curiosity as to how all the elements of the street work and interrelate. There’s no one approach or single method that addresses all questions. And, of course, there is always more out there to soak in and learn.

Street portraiture provides an opportunity to dig deeper and engage strangers encountered on the street. Through engagements and filling in the blanks with conversation, I learn much more that simply taking candid pictures of situations on the street. I’ve met hundreds of people while out with my camera and the bits of information I absorb about life on the street are like pieces of an infinite puzzle that is never really completed. I like that! For me, that’s what being out there is about. Engaged street portraiture of strangers is just one of the many ways of making sense of it all.

In the years of making street portraits I have found everyone is approachable. Yes, a small number of people decline having their portrait made, but I have never had a negative experience. And, as I’ve mentioned before in other posts, there is great synergy in making street portraits and candid street photos. The skills and comfort developed in street portraiture greatly helps in making better candid photos, most notably in connecting with people.

Sometimes I think that those who feel that posed street portraiture is not street photography might actually be uncomfortable approaching people for conversation and a few snaps. That’s OK, every photographer has his/her own comfort level meeting strangers. But that really is a separate issue from proclaiming what street photography is, or isn’t!

Station life

November 4th, 2013 Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments »



Some of the Amtrak Stations in the US go way back with interesting architecture and high windows that let in gorgeous light at the right time of the day. This was snapped a month ago waiting for the train to Santa Barbara at the Diridon Station in San Jose. Lots of old wood, a ginormous old US flag covering a window, beautiful fixtures, and interesting people. From what I can see in photos, Los Angeles’ Union Station is much larger and probably even more interesting. Might be worth a trip on the train just to check it out…

Sidewalk bustle

October 29th, 2013 Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments »



San Francisco…


October 24th, 2013 Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

Across Moma

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