Photographer George E. Baker Jr. uses the artful backdrop of a nautically themed mural to echo the action taking place in the foreground during concrete placement at 101 Polk in San Francisco. Baker shot the scene at around 1:00 a.m. with an ultra-wide angle lens using illumination from the jobsite's light towers. San Francisco-based Pacific Structures (a division of Build Group) is constructing the residential building, which will rise 13 floors and hide the mural. Pacific Structures is also performing the concrete work.

Photo by Golden State Photographic
Submitted By: Build Group, San Francisco

Baker, an Oakland-based photographer, received a bachelor's degree in photography in 2011 and just recently quit his job of 10 years as an automobile repair technician to pursue photography full time.

Baker has a special affinity for construction shoots. "Coming from a blue-collar background myself, I appreciate how hard these guys work," he says.

The 154,196-sq-ft project will provide 162 apartment units upon completion, scheduled for early 2016. The project was designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz and is being developed by Emerald Fund.


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