ON SAN PABLO AVE
On San Pablo Ave
is an archive of the work that students in GEOG 189: Visual Geography created in the Spring 2023 semester, the very first iteration of the course.
The goal of the course is to use photography and walking as methodologies for understanding the places we move through and the people we encounter everyday.
Each week of the semester we, as a class, walked a portion of the 23-mile stretch of San Pablo Avenue, starting in downtown Oakland and ending in Rodeo, California.
Students photographed along the street as we walked but also stopped in businesses, chatted up individuals we met along the way, and generally followed where their own interests took them.
As a result, each student recorded a very different perspective of San Pablo Avenue. They narrowed their work down to 20+ photographs and sequenced them to “say” something about the built environment and the human experience along this vital stretch of the East Bay.
Our main inspiration for this project was the work of photographer
, particularly her vital documentation of the SOMA neighborhood in San Francisco in the late-1970s and early-80s.
Janet was gracious enough to visit our class, talk about her work and the SOMA project, and show us some student projects she led while a faculty member in Visual Studies at UC Berkeley.
UC BERKELEY GEOGRAPHY
This course was created and taught by Lecturer Joel Wanek with assistance from april graham-jackson, PhD candidate in the
Department of Geography
at UC Berkeley.
Thanks to Jovan Scott Lewis, Eron Budi, Ambrosia Shapiro, Josh Mandel, and Seth Lunine for their assistance and support!