It’s a city addicted to summer… or so you’d think from following the Instagram account @home_schooling, which documents the wonderfully vibrant colour combinations on the homes and buildings of San Francisco. Run by photographer Kristen Simar, the account is a place for her to document the historical neighbourhoods of the city, where ‘no two houses are the same.’
For Simar the colourful houses are an expression of both the individuality and the community spirit that have defined San Francisco, a place at the centre of America’s psychedelic scene in the 60s and the fight for LGTB rights in the 70s. She is also concerned about gentrification, with these images meant as both a celebration and a lasting document of neighbourhoods that are changing.
“San Francisco, historically home to trailblazing movements, has become a city of wealth, which has forced out many who can’t keep up financially, including artists and activists. The old quirkiness and character is slowly being washed away,” Kristen told The Guardian recently. “I’m trying to capture every bit of beauty, colour and individuality while it’s still there.”
Find regular updates of new houses at Simar’s Instagram account @home_schooling. All images copyright Kristen Simar.