Beauty of Impermanence

Photographer: William O’Such

The title” Beauty Of Impermanence”, came to me after looking at the many beautiful images of art, documented by Bill O’Such over the last several months in San Francisco. Many artists contributed to this “urban-street- art”, as an expression to our current Covid Pandemic. Thinking that time, weather and human intervention, would alter, change and remove these works of art. I felt, as the doctrines of Buddhism teaches, everything is in a state of constant change, transient, and impermanence, and we need to embrace and see the beauty of the now and appreciate the “Beauty Of Impermanence”. These expressions of art on plywood would not be up on display that long for us to take in and reflect upon. We hope you enjoy this whimsical collection.

Dave Christensen, Director/Curator of HMPC

My core passion is street photography due to the temporal nature of street scenes. Once the scene occurs, you will never see the scene happen in the same way again. As the coronavirus changed our lives, I first saw boarded up buildings which made San Francisco look very grim. However, after a few weeks, art started appearing on these boards and I realized that this is a new genre of street photography because when things reopen, these pieces of art will be gone much like street photography (in fact, 70% of it is already gone). In total, I captured about 500 pictures and with Dave’s help we found the best 50 of them from throughout the city. I hope everyone enjoys them and, even more so, in a few years when we can “prendre un recul (take a look back)” and enjoy them a bit more.
Many of the artists were part of #paintthevoid so it is worth visiting their site.

William O’Such

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About William O’Such

Capturing the essential nature of Paris and other cities is the driving force of my work. From shimmering reflections on the Seine to the long shadows cast upon the hills of San Francisco to the untouched landscapes of Tasmania, my photos reveal each location through my eyes. Probing the intersection of geometry, light and unique subjects, I capture unconventional views and turn them into photographic stories for all to enjoy.

I was introduced to silver halide photography by his father, Chester J. O’Such, via the family’s Ansco reflex camera and home darkroom. After college, I worked as a photographic engineer at Eastman Kodak, where he began to learn the art of photography with his first SLR, a Canon AE-1.

This early spark turned into full passion when I lived in Paris from 1995-99. William and his wife Ineke continue to visit Paris at least twice a year where William wander the streets, camera in hand, looking for the next vignette.

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