Picturing a Moment in Time in Balboa Park

Picturing a Moment in Time in Balboa Park

Photo by Sam Hodgson

A bird's eye view of Balboa Park's prominent architectural features and landscapes.

 

By my rough count, more than 50 shutterbugs hit Balboa Park on Saturday for our photo experiment. We asked you to join us by taking a photograph anywhere in the park at 3 p.m., in an effort to see across the whole giant park at a single moment in time. I’ve been having a great time looking at everybody’s images — thank you so much for jumping in.

There are a lot of great internet tools that help us look back at this moment in time.

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More than 50 people responded to Voice of San Diego’s photo experiment to capture images across the city’s urban park at 3 p.m. on Dec. 1, 2012.

More than 50 people responded to Voice of San Diego’s photo experiment to capture images across the city’s urban park at 3 p.m. on Dec. 1, 2012.

More than 50 people responded to Voice of San Diego’s photo experiment to capture images across the city’s urban park at 3 p.m. on Dec. 1, 2012.

http://storify.com/kellyrbennett/a-moment-in-time-in-balboa-park?utm_source=direct-sfy.co&utm_content=storify-pingback&utm_campaign=&utm_medium=sfy.co-twitter&awesm=sfy.co_dBcW”>Click here to see the photos people posted to Twitter.

Here’s a view of the ones posted to Instagram:

Some people included location data within their Instagram photos. That allowed us to map their photos:

And now for a few from our readers who emailed their photographs to me. Cathy Romanas snapped this one at what looks like a dance rehearsal inside the War Memorial building near the San Diego Zoo.

Laura Burnett covered the northeast corner of the park, at Bird Park.

Martin Poirier, a speaker from our Meeting of the Minds in August, sent one of the Balboa Park Activity Center, designed by architect Rob Wellington Quigley.

Gordon Romanas sent along a snapshot of Zoro Garden, which was created for the park’s second exposition in 1935 (as a nudist colony!), and rededicated as a butterfly garden in 2007.

Janed Casady said she’s a native San Diegan and loves the whole park, but picked the San Diego Museum of Art for her submission.

Janine Free chose the side of Gallery 21 in Spanish Village.

You’ll never guess where Kathy Keehan, bicycling advocate, took her photograph. Well, actually, you probably can guess: the park’s Velodrome. Here’s her snapshot:

Craig Anderson pointed his camera over the Lily Pond toward El Prado.

Silke White and her daughter went to the succulent garden to the east of Park Boulevard.

Peter Johnson featured an enterprising guitarist.

Kevin Swanson’s photo is above in the tweets, but he also passed along a few emails with photos from his own parkwide adventure in the 30 minutes before 3 p.m. He took photos looking east on El Prado, at the Organ Pavilion, in the Japanese Friendship Garden, at Inspiration Point, in Golden Hill and at the Lily Pond. Here’s a lesser-admired view of the city’s maintenance vehicle parking lot in the southeast corner:

I’m Kelly Bennett, reporter for Voice of San Diego. You can reach me directly at kelly.bennett@voiceofsandiego.org or 619.325.0531.

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Kelly Bennett

Kelly Bennett

Kelly Bennett is a freelance contributor to Voice of San Diego. You can reach her directly at kelly@vosd.org.

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