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Documenting the present-day story of Treasure Island, CA through photography

"A generation which ignores history has no past and no future."

- Robert Heinlein

A few years ago, a buddy of mine started working for the Treasure Island Development Authority and I was fortunate to visit him on the island located in the middle of the San Francisco Bay.  It was my first time on the former Naval base and the location had a deeply profound effect on me.  We ended up doing a Current TV documentary on the island's past, present, and future.  Over the last couple of years my lens has turned from video to photography.  I discovered that this really enabled me to capture Treasure Island's unique and desolate landscape as haunting stills.  With its lush and rocky history as the 1939 World Fair site, 50 years of Navy occupation, and now its transition into public housing, the island has become a dreary picturesque dream to me.

Treasure Island offramp from SF
Treasure Island offramp from SF
Navy barracks now condemned
Navy barracks now condemned
Structure inside Hanger #1
Structure inside Hanger #1

Hundreds of photographs later, I am now ready to design and print the book, “Your Guide to Treasure Island.”  Serving as a time capsule of sorts, the book aims to be a visual representation of present-day Treasure Island alongside historical archival photography, paralleling the different lives this mysterious landmass has lived.  Due to San Francisco’s recent plans for restoration and re-development of the island, the publishing of this book comes at a critical time - it will act as a snapshot, paying tribute to our evolving culture and documenting an extremely important element of Bay Area history before it is forgotten beneath new ideas.  When the book is published, I would like to donate a majority of the copies to public libraries and schools in California to serve as a historical reference and immortalize the island’s time and place in our ever-changing world.

Abandoned tower reflection
Abandoned tower reflection
Inside Nimitz Mansion, a forgotten chair in the sun
Inside Nimitz Mansion, a forgotten chair in the sun

Your Donations

Your Donations will be used to complete the layout and design by Austin McManus.  The large majority of the funds will be used for the printing of a canvas bound hardcover 100+ page book.  Postage and packaging has also been factored in to make sure they make it to your front door in time for gifting.  Your generous donations will also help pay for the delivery of books to California schools and libraries.  

Site 29 buildings
Site 29 buildings
Building 449 before restoration
Building 449 before restoration

For more updates and information on the project please visit:

http://yourguidetotreasureisland.com/

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Press Murmurs

Treasure Island Museum Association Support

SF Bay Guardian blog article by Caitlin Donohue

Thank You So Much!!

Rewards for your Generosity

Limited Edition Postcard
Limited Edition Postcard
Original Instant Photos
Original Instant Photos

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