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Scenes of the City: Street Portraits in North Beach

We ran into Wazir, 49, as he was gazing into space at the corner of Columbus and Union streets. Wazir said he was looking for a friend who was in poor health and wanted to make sure he was OK.

For this week's "Scenes of the City" we're adding to our ongoing series of street portraits of different San Francisco neighborhoods (check out Castro Street Portraits here). We staked out at Washington Square Park in North Beach and captured some of the people milling about.

Photos by Joseph Schell

On their way to a "vintage optical store" on Polk Steet, Lee (left), 20, and Sara, 22, enjoyed each others company at a bus stop near the park.

We caught up with Evan, 22, as he was out looking for a job.

Juliana, in her thirties, declined to have her portrait taken at first, but returned after a few minutes. Juliana said she is a resident of North Beach and works locally at De La Rosa.

We caught up with Willie, 41, on his way to the San Francisco Institute of Esthetics and Cosmetology where he attends school.

So Young, 33, and her 6-week-old daughter Lelu, were strolling around enjoying the finicky San Francisco weather.

Josh, 29, said he was visiting from Sydney, Australia, and had just returned from a month of snowboarding in Lake Tahoe. As more snow comes our way, looks like he may have left too soon.

We found Ricky, 40, sitting on a park bench playing guitar and in his words "trying to catch some heat. Or cold. Or whatever."

Mira, 24, said she was visitng from Norway and was out strolling through North Beach when we talked to her.

Ken, 61, said he is a retired brick worker and was out running errands.