#WhyIDrive: Matt Bautista

Matt Bautista, 26

How long have you lived in San Francisco?

3 years

What originally brought you here?

It was just a pull. I wanted to leave Boston, and it was already in my head that San Francisco was already where I had to be.

Why, what attracted you to the city?

I came here for a one week vacation break during junior year of college and fell in love with the people, the city, the nature, and the combination of nature and city. There just seemed like so much to experience and explore. I had never lived on the West Coast before so that was a really big reason as well — to see what it was like. They call it the best coast, and I wanted to figure out why.

What makes San Francisco unique?

I think the best thing about San Francisco is that you can be any type of person and find your group here, your…. What’s that thing that everyone says? Your, your…

Clique?

Not clique. It’s like your….

Squad?

Yeah! Squad goals. That’s what I think of when I think of San Francisco. No matter who you are, you find other people who are like you and are accepted and feel comfortable and find a good group of people to fit in with.

Do you see that as being true for your experience here?

Definitely.

That’s great. Moving onto photography, how long have you been taking photos?

3 years.

Cool. What inspired you?

My sister was a photographer, and she always used to capture these really awesome images. It made me want to try and capture some of my own. Originally I started with one of her old cameras, which was a film camera. I liked documenting my own experience and kept doing it. It ended up being an important thing for me to look back on to remember that moment.

How would you describe your style with photography?

I really tend to go for portraiture or something that involves a little bit of a person inside of it that tells a story. The ones I took for this were the view that I had.

I tend to like darker images. I really love nighttime images. And I love working with light.

Awesome. When did you start driving with Uber?

In May of 2015.

Since you moved here 3 years ago, I’m sure you’re still discovering new places in the city. What are some more memorable spots you’ve encountered while driving?

The most memorable spot was the one I did yesterday. It was up in Marin. I dropped this couple off at a wedding in Mount Tam, but it was on this side road that I’ve never been to, and I’ve been on Mount Tam hundreds of times. It was a little side road leading up to the little clubhouse. At the edge of the clubhouse there’s this gorgeous view of the hills and city that I would have never seen if I hadn’t taken that ride.