- Juxtapoz Magazine
“San Francisco is such a colorful place,” explains Tobin Yelland. “There’s the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence… I’m ten and watching nuns play baseball. Dudes dressed like nuns playing baseball…” Growing up in the 70s and 80s in San Francisco, Yelland was raised in a city and household that embraced creative expression. As a teenager picking up a camera to photograph his friends skateboarding, it was only natural that his talent and interests were supported and encouraged by a growing community of like-minded artists, skaters, filmmakers, and photographers. “Creativity is so contagious,” Yelland tells us. Seeing someone do something different and realizing that “you don’t have to do the same thing, you don’t have to follow this structure, you can do whatever you want,” can be life-changing. Yelland led a Vans Vision Walk around San Francisco’s Mission District last weekend, encouraging everyone to collaborate with one another and sharing what he has learned from over three decades of being a photographer.
Super 8 and photographs by Tobin Yelland
Video by Justin Carlson