During our last TenderNights event the lovely Julie Michelle kindly distributed prints of a few of her favorite pictures taken in the Tenderloin. Needless to say, they were all beautiful, so we somewhat randomly picked this one.

I love old business signs, and Julie achieved a romantic and dreamy quality with this one of an establishment that is not exactly what I would call romantic nor dreamy. But that’s what I love Julie’s photography, because it finds beauty even in the ugliest things.

As a comparison, here’s another picture of the same sign by another photographer whose work I enjoy – Thomas Hawk, but the feel is completely different.