This a group for photographers who explore urban areas seeking a particular aesthetic. It is not the modern, clean, well-ordered architecture or landscape environment nor it is a sentimental view of beauty: a flower, beautiful people, a loyal pet, a scenic vacation... it is a darker vision.  It is not necessarily "urban" as you can see from past meetups.  It has been a decommissioned Navy base (Mare Island), former prison (Alcatraz), pet cemetery (Presidio), industrial shoreline (Pt. Richmond) and others.  All have common features of worn or abandoned buildings, rusted equipment, signs of past industry and forgotten history, graffiti-tagged, etc.  For the uninitiated it could look like old gritty places ready for the bulldozer, but for us there is beauty there ready to be captured in film/pixels.  There are some risks exploring these places but because of the various abilities of the members the risks here are minimum as long as you follow the host’s lead.  Therefore, members should willing to make the extra effort, be adults in good shape, able to walk uneven terrain and climb a ladder if necessary - guests or children (<19y.o.) not allowed.  Those who cannot, who stray from the group, exhibit bad behavior or language will be banned from the group.

A meetup is generally composed of 6-10 members (small nimble group), a 3-hr. field shoot and a 1-hr. Show & Tell at the end where we show recent photos, relax and enjoy a bite/drink at a nearby eatery. The "meet" of meetup is Show & Tell where we'll discuss the day's shoot, show recent work, and "talk" photography. It's loose and casual but focused because time is limited and the objective is to learn from each other - everyone contributes. We're basically a group that shoots and then socializes/shares. is a social organization.

There is a sister group at yahoo that will trespass, climb fences, etc. but we don’t here.  There are other photography groups doing herd-shoots, seminars, models, social outings, etc. that have more meetups than us but members here are free to make suggestions that the leadership team will consider. Because our meetups are usually designed for limited small groups, a "no show" is not tolerated, last second dropouts are discouraged, and could result in your membership being cancelled without notice.

We are also not a site to sell your products or promote your services, get you a date, cure your ills, etc. but a place to express yourself in photography with like-minded people.

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Welcome! This is a group for photographers who share our particular aesthetic.

Recent Meetups

  • June 15 · 2:30 PM

    Albany Bulb - rediscovered

    7 Photo-Explorers | 5.00 5.006 | 57 Photos

    Those who have never been to the Albany Bulb have missed a unique landscape of illegal shelters and art in the landscape by the homesteaders and folk artists. The... Learn more
  • June 5 · 5:30 PM

    SF Art Galleries in June

    2 Photo-Explorers | 5.00 5.001

    Time for our bi-monthly meetup of Contemporary Art at 49 Geary St. About this time most of the exhibits have turned-over from the last meetup. The are 14 galleries with... Learn more
  • May 18 · 10:45 AM

    Angel Island on Bikes - rescheduled

    4 Photo-Explorers | 5.00 5.004 | 40 Photos

    Dust-off your bike, pump-up the tires, start riding it (or borrow one) to prepare for this meetup because we're going to Angel Island! It is a jewel of a State park in... Learn more
  • April 20 · 3:00 PM

    Where's Crockett?

    9 Photo-Explorers | 5.00 5.006 | 75 Photos

    A few of us may not know where in the Bay Area the City of Crockett is located; and even fewer I bet have ever been there. This meet-up for Urban Explorers is Crockett... Learn more
  • April 3 · 5:30 PM

    SF Art Galleries in April

    2 Photo-Explorers | 5.00 5.001

    Time for our bi-monthly meetup of Contemporary Art at 49 Geary St. The are 14 galleries with about a third of them having photography as a medium in their exhibits. Some... Learn more
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