Michael "Mikey" Riley headed west to San Francisco. Like many youths from the East Coast, Mikey was attracted to the liberal and diverse reputation of the city.
He came to San Francisco to explore his passion: photography. However as living in the city became expensive, he was unable to support himself and work on his art.
After a year of struggle, Mikey headed back home to Utica, New York. Here are his final few weeks in San Francisco and the long, hard trip back east.