These photos are unnerving because the street has been used as the horizon, that is, the shots were aligned as if the road were level, so that San Francisco's old Victorian houses seem to lean at precarious angles like the Tower of Pisa. To create this series, Rendell photographed over 100 buildings on San Francisco's steepest streets in July 2006.
Jon Rendell (1957- ) is a photographer and designer living and working in San Francisco. Born in Melbourne, Australia, he studied photography under Athol Shmith at Swinburne University of Technology, Prahran Campus, Melbourne, 1977-79. Rendell received a Bachelor of Education from the University of Melbourne after which he taught art and photography at Moreland High School, Melbourne, Australia, 1983-89. He has exhibited extensively in Australia and now in the United States. His base has been San Francisco for the past fifteen years.