Film photography by Michelle Kilfeather
It's one thing to be an artist and work in a café as a barista. It's another to be part owner of that café, and for it to double as one of the last video stores in San Francisco.
In Part 1, Fayes Coffee owner and artist Michael McConnell talks about moving to San Francisco in the late '90s and landing a job at Fayes within a year or so. Fast-forward to today, and the little coffee shop serves an important role in the busy neighborhood that 18th Street between Guerrero and Dolores has become.
Michael owns a café and video store, but he's also an artist—one of a seemingly dying breed in San Francisco. In Part 2, he laments the loss of artists in the city over the last decade or so, adding that with their leaving, San Francisco is losing its character and its diversity.
Click through the gallery below for a taste of Michael's art.