The first glimmer in my eye for Quirky Berkeley was the sign on the rib joint on San Pablo, “Open Till Closed, Closed Till Open.” I saw that sign in 1984. It stuck with me.
The second and bigger glimmer was an idea that Cathy had of photographing cool shutters. She had a pun to name the project – “I Shutter to Think….”
A few iterations and later and I was walking every block of every street in Berkeley, but the shutter idea stuck. I have seen a lot of cool shutters, and photographed them.
I call this shutter ma, using the Japanese word for space. I admit that I am perhaps using it incorrectly. Oscar Wilde told us to never let the truth stand in the way of a good story Ditto with understanding something correctly. It sounds good.
Here, installment #1 on shutter ma, are shutters with negative space that defines a tree. Dig these trees!
These palm tree shutter ma are probably the best in show.