talkin bout camerasa blog by Branden Frederick

the ugly beach

Published 17 Jul 2013 – Updated 29 Jul 2017

san francisco bay

In the middle of the Silicon Valley, a dense area crowded with endless traffic and sprawl, lies a desolate, other-worldly landscape, rarely visited or thought of by the people whose lives surround it. I've always had a difficult time explaining, even to myself, why I'm so magnetically attracted to the salt marsh. I'm sure the exposed infrastructure and abandoned decay play their part, but the real core seems to be more about how someplace so unusual can be lying out so plainly, and yet so far removed from the collective consciousness.

I plowed through every trail I could find through the marshes from 2009 to 2013, visiting the ugly beach many times. Here are my photos from those visits.

This man just caught this shark in the muddy bay waters A view from the northernmost point of land in Sunnyvale The frightening-looking catwalks are off-limits, as if their rotting decay weren't enough a deterrent.

about Branden Frederick

I am a photographer: I have fun taking photos, and I always have.

I've had a camera in my hand my whole life, a 110 camera as a kid, and the high school's 35mm SLR later. In 2008 I spent six months doing nothing but taking photos and loved it. From that point on I've had my camera surgically attached to my hand (I lie). I went digital in the year 2000, and I came back to film in 2013. My parents tell me my photos are "nice".