Posted by Fingers on September 26, 2005 at 02:51:41:
San Francisco's best weather is late September and early October, and this weekend was no exception for both The Love Parade and Folsom Street Fair. San Francisco was home to both of the above events along with a baseball game, anti war rally and a very well established blues festival. In other words traffic was horrible crossing the bridge into the city!
I still arrived before noon, and the fair was in full swing already. People were in a great mood and of the hundreds of people I took pictures of only one said "I'd rather not" when I asked if I could take their picture. In reference to the post below about four people asked me what I was using it for, and none of them batted an eye when I said I had a website - and one asked for the URL. I've found this to be pretty typical. A number thanked me for asking, it's people who don't ask that seem to bug the participants.
For those of you who haven't been to The Folsom Street Fair it's the last day of a leather and fetish festival. San Francisco is famous for the diversity of it's sexual preferences - and they all come out for the Fair! I thought there was actually less leather this year, although it certainly was abundant with both sexes. Other less common were in attendance, including the horse people, the whipping booths. There were only a handfull of fully nude women, but many breasts were visible in about the same numbers as previous years. I thought there was a signifigant increase of naked men this year from all age groups and orientations. There are the obvious gay men on display, but a number of straight men as well. There were a small group I've dubbed "The Wankers" who seem to get great pleasure out of oiling up and masturbating in front of a gathering crowd. I see the same few here and at The Bay to Breakers and Exotic Erotic Ball.
As usual it got pretty difficult to move around between 2 and 4 o'clock, but ouside of those hours it's pretty easy to people watch. I get a good number of shots in the very first and last hour, and that was the case today.
Folsom Street seems to have borrowed an idea from The Oregon Country Fair this year. At exactly 6 PM about twenty people with brooms responded to a whistle and begant to sweep otward from the intersection of 8th and Folsom to clear the streets of trash... and people!
All in all it was another great Folsom Street Fair.
Look for a gallery of photos here at Coccozella real soon!
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