I had arranged to be picked up by another photographer so that we could drive down to the address together. Coming From San Francisco, I took the BART to West Oakland to meet.
I arrived a few minutes early and stepped out of the station. It was Sunday morning and still overcast. I had felt the BART ride was a little esoteric and now I found myself standing in a kind of concrete wasteland, looking better dressed than felt comfortable for my surroundings. As I stood there attracting glances from the people who passed by me, I became very aware of the fact that I was standing in this exposed location with close to $10, 000 of gear in my bags!
All I had to do was stay calm and look confident, but to give myself a tiny bit of reassurance, I found a surveillance camera and took my position in full view of it.
As 15 minutes passed, my ride came and whisked me off to more familiar environments...