Powell and Market Street Cable Car Turnaround

Powell and Market Street Cable Car turnaround in San Francisco photographed Straight Up by Cameron R Neilson

I desperately wanted to photograph the streetcars in San Francisco Straight Up. Obviously this is impossible, they move too fast, are dangerous, and unless I could get to the end of a line with special permissions, etc., figured it impossible. Turns out there is an end of a line in downtown San Francisco at Powell and Market Street. Here the trolley car is disengaged from the cable pushed onto a turnabout platform, rotated, reattached and sent the other direction. I couldn’t get the car–being too far away–but just like not being able to photograph all of a particular structure, the open space defined by the surrounding buildings, objects (in this case lamp posts), imply the narrative.

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