As a native from one of the most beautiful islands in the world, Puerto Rico, it was easy to accept the sea and the shore as a natural extension of our island.

We moved to San Francisco from the East Coast in 1985, a city we love for its diversity and its pacific beaches. Fort Funston is a former Army outpost which is now part of the Golden Gate National Park area. It has become the favorite of dog owners and walkers alike, with wide open spaces. It is also a well-known take-off point of hang gliders, from a cliff over 200 feet high. This is where I chose to photograph from—for it provided a radically different perspective. And it was easy to determine to shoot in color, for the first time in my career. Of course, I had to name my project marisol, a popular name in Spanish-speaking countries, meaning sea and sun. I intend to continue exploring the endless possibilities which this amazing panorama affords.

I sincerely hope you get as much pleasure from these images as I have, and I'm most appreciative for the many very warm responses I have received.

—Frank Espada, San Francisco, 2011

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