Photographer's Note

I tip my hat to Francis Harrison with this image. I've been enjoying his creative and playful way of framing images and found myself inspired to play with this rather simple capture.

This was taken on the main street of my home town, San Anselmo Avenue, in the central commercial district. Like many smaller towns surrounding larger cities, San Anselmo has been re-defining itself over the last decade. Shopping centers have offered tremendous competition for older commercial areas. Fortunately, the charm of this town set within Ross Valley with views of Mount Tamalpais has made it an attractive place to live. Affluent residents naturally demand quality goods and services. Consequently, when stores become vacant, there are usually high end vendors vying for the opportunity to offer their wares. This is an upscale woman's clothing store, one of the newer ventures downtown. The woman in the window is adjusting a window display. She works in the shop.

The downside of the changes happening in San Anselmo and other small towns in Marin County, is that the charming older merchants are being pushed out by ever higher rents, often replaced by trendy, upscale shops that have the potential of changing a town catering to local families to a collection of boutiques serving wealthy folks from around the Bay and elsewhere looking for an interesting weekend shopping excursion.

I was window shopping, but with my camera. Once again I'm testing this lens to see whether it is worth keeping. Honestly, I like the result of this effort. I hope you do as well.

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