Ben PaviourI started San Francisco Republic to force myself into unusual situations, meet people I wouldn’t otherwise meet, and document it all. It’s an evolving journey into quiet corners of Bay Area weird, from Craigslist dates to Cougar Conventions to Love Boats. Great cities can give you the thrill of travel even when you live in them. San Francisco, in spite of (and because of) techification, gentrification, and all of the other changes sweeping in with the fog, remains a fantastically interesting world unto it’s own.

In past lives, I made video documentaries of a seven month solo backpacking trip through South East Asia, India, and Nepal, worked as Co-Director of a youth development program in local government, and studied abroad, waited tables, and traveled in Cape Town, South Africa.

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