(This post is from the blog of the Mother of Invention Acting School in San Francisco (www.utteracting.com): an acting class in San Francisco for serious, motivated students.)
My new neighborhood hangout, ok, my office, is a charming little place in Hayes Valley called Cafe La Vie. The folks that work there are the nicest baristas I’ve ever met, the WiFi is free, the vibe is hella-hip, what more can you ask for? They have regular exhibitions of artwork there, and currently they have one by a guy who makes daguerrotypes. Daguerrotypes are the ancestors of photographs. Producing dagguerotypes is a technique that originated in the nineteenth century (pioneered by a Mr. Daguerre, among others). The guy who has produced this d-types, Eric Mertens, is showing some striking landscapes and portraits of contemporary subjects in a way that makes them feel like they belong in the nineteenth century and our time simultaneously. The cafe alone is well worth a visit, and this exhibition is someting to catch. Take a look.