||Sand Vision - Color
I started this series quite by accident. One day in June 2003, I was walking
along the beach, not thinking at all about photography, but just enjoying the
sound of the waves and the red cliffs of Torrey Pines. I looked down, and was
amazed to seee an incredibly intricate pattern that resembled an angel. Since
then, I have returned to the beach over 200 times to capture these wonders.
||Sand Vision - Black & White
Originally, I started the Sand Vision
portfolio in color. The patterns I found were enriched by the golden sand
washed up from the shore, tinged with red from the cliffs of Torrey Pines.
Then, in winter, the storms changed the colors to black and white. I found
a medium format film camera to be the best tool for capturing the new
One of the wonders of photography is that it makes
you look at things you've passed by every day in a new light. During my
hundreds of beach walks in search of images for the Sand Vision portfolios,
I had passed by the rocks near the bluffs, keeping my eyes peeled for
patterns on the beach itself. Then I noticed that the sand left on the
surface of the rocks, combined with the rich colors of the minerals,
opened the doors for a new series. These images remind me of the
Rocky Mountains, where I grew up.
I cringe whenever I visit most sand dunes. Generally,
they are crawling with ATV's, like a hoard of ants devouring a rotting corpse.
Fortunately, there are a few places in California where you can view sand dunes
sans tire tracks, and they are a wonder to behold. My favorites are Oceano
Dunes and especially Guadalupe Dunes.
While the vast majority of my photographic
exploration takes place in nature, I also enjoy walking through the city.
I look for shots that somehow express the essence of the area I'm in.
These are scenes from around the state of California, where
the pace of life is often slower, and has sometimes given away to decay. There's
much to see once you get off the interstate system -- a rich history that's
disappearing before our eyes.
||Untamed Coast - Landscapes
Between Point Reyes, California, and Coos Bay,
Oregon, there are only small towns. The ocean is much wilder there, and the
interaction of water and land creates sights not found anywhere else in the U.S.
||Untamed Coast - Salt & Stone
There are a few beaches in Northern California
and Southern Oregon where the salt water interacts with the limestone to form fantastic
and beautiful shapes and patterns. They are especially common at Salt Point in
California, and Shore Acres in Oregon.
||Untamed Coast - Driftwood
Beaches in Oregon have copious amounts of
driftwood, baked by the sun for decades. The sand and the grain of the wood
work together to create some beautiful images.
||Untamed Coast - Sand Art
While there is no question San Diego has
the most beautiful Sand Art I have found, there are some good specimens
on the Oregon beaches as well.