Marin Headlands 5, SF 2013

Karin Ott

The large community bathroom at Headlands Center for the Arts was an amazing location. Worn down and ever so photogenic…

It was freezing, though, even in the middle of the summer. San Francisco is not a warm place that time of year and Marin Headlands is often more chilly. I would not want to have to shower in a large concrete room so drafty it was almost an open air shower.

Marin Headlands 4, SF 2013

Karin Ott

I am aware that my family is not always crazy about me being into photography. I wander off, I fall behind, I pose in strange ways to catch just the right angle, but this visit to the Headlands Center of the Arts probably hit a new high of embarrassment for my dear ones.

I swear we had no idea we had wandered into the bathroom. We were just looking around the halls, following the trickle of people and without even opening a door we found ourselves in this amazing room that used to be the toilet and shower facilities when the buildings housed military units. I whipped out the camera and went to work – only to be passed more than once by people in need of these particular toilets…

Marin Headlands 3, SF 2013

Karin Ott

This small series of images from Marin Headlands are all from the Headland Center for the Arts. It’s an artist community with Artist-in-residence programs, local artists, open houses and lots of different ways to involve people.

This was our first visit and followers of this blog knows how urban decay makes my photographic knees go weak. It turned out the Center was located in old military buildings – amazing place! The best part to be introduced tomorrow…