Raw, adjective: 2. not having undergone processes of preparing, dressing, finishing, refining, or manufacture
One of the 62 books I'd like to write someday would be a photography collection of all the beautiful entryways of old San Francisco. Walking around Pac Heights and Nob/Russian Hill is like a stroll through a living, breathing art gallery; a highlight of city life, for sure.
Most of the entryways that catch me tend toward the Art Deco; however, there's one particular Art Nouveau gate that has had me taking the long way home down California Street for five years now, just for a fleeting glimpse on my way past. It's on the down-slope from Grace Cathedral, painted in that classic blue-green hue, and it makes me smile every time. Dreamy.
This quick camera-phone shot doesn't do it justice. But rest assured that when that coffee-table book finally comes out, this long-time favorite will certainly be included.