All of San Francisco is abuzz with Julie Michelle’s “I live here: SF” show that opens tonight at SOMArts. You can most certainly count us as part of the excited hordes! And not just because humin and I both participated in the project, but also because Julie is one of our favorite people. She’s a really talented photographer who really knows how to make people feel comfortable and show her their best side (and believe me, portrait photography is not easy). She’s also a truly curious person who loves meeting and connecting people. I can safely say that we’ve been enjoying San Francisco a lot more since we met her! Oh, and last but not least, she was the very first commenter here on Tenderblog! (That must count for something.)

The details:

I live here: SF Retrospective & Opening Night Reception
Where: SOMArts, 934 Brannan Street
When: 6pm-9pm with an artist’s talk at 6:15
Lots of the participants in this project will be in attendance, as well as a few other suprises.

In case you’ve been living under a rock (or don’t read this blog very much, because we’ve mentioned it many, many times), “I live here: SF” is a photography/portraiture project in which anyone who lives in San Francisco can participate by submitting their story of how they came to live in this city or their relationship with it. Then Julie does a portrait shoot with the person, usually in that person’s neighborhood or favorite spot. If you click on the photo below you can see the album of my photo shoot (and I hate having my picture taken). Humin’s is forthcoming.

You should browse through all of “I live here: SF”‘s stories and photos (you can waste a whole weekend doing that), but of course we would particularly recommend the ones focused on the Tenderloin as being most immediately appealing to you, dear Tender readers. Beyond just observing though, volunteer to participate in her project as a proud Tenderloiner and come out tonight to the show!