Constance Hale

Constance Hale is a California journalist and the author of six books, including the writing primer Sin and Syntax. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Wired, the Atlantic, Honolulu, National Geographic Adventure, Smithsonian,and many other venues.

“We are constantly taking this in, constantly processing,” says Malcolm Ryder of Oakland’s many storefronts. This one, located on 12th Avenue near Lake Merritt, is the former home of Double D BBQ.

Malcolm Ryder Trains His Eye

With a smartphone and a promise to take “one good picture a day,” this Oakland resident seeks to capture what goes unseen: the mutability of place, and the subtle paradoxes of race.

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