Photographer Snaps Satirical Shots of S.F.'s Rent Crisis
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Whether it be the continuing topic of the magisterial tech and start-up industries, the doomed music scene, or victims of the Ellis Act, when it comes to rent in San Francisco the conversations are endless. Most news that surrounds the dialogue shares serious anecdotes and legitimate complaints. Photographer Scot Hampton, however, discerned an opportunity for humor, which he has captured in his mockery of the skyrocketing rent phenomena in San Francisco.
In "SF: For Rent," Hampton's latest photo essay, he snaps photos of "For Rent" signs juxtaposed with small, unlivable public spaces. Hampton tacks these "For Rent" signs (with ludicrous rental costs written on them) to a dumpster, a manhole, and a garbage can, among other dilapidated quarters, to showcase the grotesque amounts people pay to live in a shit-hole-of-a space.
Hampton, S.F. resident since '05, says he was away for work in 2011, and when he returned, rent prices escalated tremendously. Since, the situation has only gotten worse.
"I started seeing the hilarious craigslist adds that pop up on blogs about people renting out their couches for $1,000, or closet -- some small place in their apartments -- for ungodly amounts," Hampton says. "That's where the impetus for the idea came about."
Hampton went as far as to create a Craigslist add with one of his photos. The funny thing is, it hasn't been flagged or taken down.
Check out a few photos below, and visit his site to see more.
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Even if rent costs is no joking matter, you could at least admit how painful it is that these photos hit so close to home.