Romain Paulus



I'm Romain, an AI researcher, music producer, photographer, former founding engineer at and Raive, and limited partner at Builder's Fund VC.

I'm currently working on my music project Bacprop, blending in themes of artificial intelligence with electronic dance music, and organizing events in the San Francisco Bay Area.

I'm looking to work in a full-time engineer role that combines AI and music. If that's something you're interested in, let's chat:


AI Research



More on Google Scholar




Live sets

Tracks and mixes



My book - "Exploring the Hidden San Francisco Bay Area"

The San Francisco Bay Area is in perpetual transformation. From the ancient Gold Rush to the recent Tech Boom, the city is always reinventing itself, and leaving behind artifacts of transitions with their own hidden beauty, spread across the urban landscape. Despite its prominent status in American culture, the region's most unique and captivating locations are often ignored by residents and tourists alike.
French-born photographer and California resident, R. F. Paulus, shows us different sides of this urban environment that is closed to visitors, through a collection of rare pictures collected over the past five years. Looking at these off-limits places and viewpoints helps us understand this world-class U.S. region at a deeper level. Abandoned buildings and old military installations take us back in time in a city that few people remember. Further, active infrastructure such as iconic bridges, tunnels, and factories, show us what it takes to keep this region running today. And finally, unique viewpoints in the city's ever-evolving skyline give us a glimpse of the future for the life of the region and its people.
With a foreword by John Law

Get on Amazon ($24.99)
Or message me for a signed copy :)

Urban Exploration

Taking pictures of abandoned, underground, and hard-to-access places has been my main photography subject for a few years.
This obsession took me across 4 continents to research and document places that get little mainstream attention.
I like to use photographt to reveal the beauty of these overlooked places, and document them for the future when they inevitably disappear.

  • On Rotation
  • Red Team / Blue Team
  • S Tower
  • Dream Fatigue
  • Metal Spaces
  • The Fog Machine
  • Sun
  • Post-colonial influence
  • Against the night, across the time
  • Into Eternity
  • 3D Maze
  • Stepping In
  • Stepping In
  • Cold War Catacombs

More on Instagram at location.href
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Van Life / Travel

In 2019, I finished building a custom camper van from an empty 2017 Mercedes Sprinter.
This became my full-time home for a few months, and I took it on a journey across the US and Canada.
I have documented this trip and many others in the following pictures.

  • The Road to El Mojado
  • Car Commercial
  • Big Sur
  • Bonneville Salt Flats Sunset
  • Snow Camping
  • June Lake
  • Alignment
  • Santa Marta
  • Sequim Bay
  • Hourglass
  • Donner Lake
  • Arches
  • Moonrise
  • Arizona

More on Instagram at thedangerbus
Get in touch to purchase signed prints