Sea Fog and Salt Soaked by Ryan Tatar in Ocean Beach, San Francisco, California

While most large cities by the sea have the more affluent living close to the coast, San Francisco’s coast is more of an up-and-coming sea fog and salt soaked neighborhood inhabited by an eclectic mix of immigrants, long time locals, surfers, and artist types.

Name:Ryan Tatar

Place you live: San Francisco, California

Place your photo was taken: Ocean Beach in San Francisco, California

Can you sum up Ocean Beach?  I think this quote had it best when you say “San Francisco is 49 square miles surrounded by reality.”

Occupation: Photographer

Preoccupation: Surfing sand bottom point breaks in far away lands…

A perfect day in San Francisco? Nothing on the agenda… a cup of coffee in the AM at Ritual or Four Barrel, a drive down the coast to Santa Cruz for a surf session during a weekday without many people out, shooting some remarkable things along the way on film, and returning for dinner and a cold IPA or glass of local red with my wife and a couple of friends somewhere nearby.

If someone was visiting, what must they do? Instead of going to the fisherman’s wharf like most tourists, try having coffee somewhere in the mission and dinner somewhere in North Beach like Don Pistos.  Escaping the city across the golden gate … most folks check out Sausalito, but I would recommend checking out Point Reyes and Bolinas instead.

A perfect meal in SF? Anywhere with my wife.

What is the best thing about your spot? The company.

What is the worst? It’s too expensive…

A little known fact about where you live? It’s COLD in the summer

Where is your favorite place in the world? Brazil, Maui, Costa Rica, Greece… there are so many places I love.

Who are your three favorite photographers? Chris BurkardCorey Arnold, and Thomas Campbell.