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Point Lobos from Carmel
Point Lobos from Carmel

29" x 44" 2014 archival pigment print edition of 20

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North of Doud Creek, Monterey County
North of Doud Creek, Monterey County

2014 12” x 44” edition of 20

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Muir Beach, California
Muir Beach, California

2014 26” x 44” edition of 20

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Bolinas, California
Bolinas, California

2014 23” x 44” edition of 20

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Dawn, Beach at Carmel, California
Dawn, Beach at Carmel, California

2014 23” x 44” edition of 20

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Mouth of Mill Creek, Big Sur, CA
Mouth of Mill Creek, Big Sur, CA

2014 23” x 44” edition of 20

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Mouth of Partington Creek, Big Sur,
Mouth of Partington Creek, Big Sur,

2014 35” x 32” edition of 20

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Carmel River State Beach, California
Carmel River State Beach, California

2014 17” x 44” edition of 20

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Weston Beach, Point Lobos  #1
Weston Beach, Point Lobos #1

California 2014 16” x 8” edition of 20

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Weston Beach, Point Lobos #3
Weston Beach, Point Lobos #3

California 2014 16” x 8” edition of 20

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Weston Beach, Point Lobos #5
Weston Beach, Point Lobos #5

California 2014 16” x 8” edition of 20

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WESTON Beach 4sm.jpg
WESTON Beach 4sm.jpg
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Elephant Seals, Piedras Blancas
Elephant Seals, Piedras Blancas

California 2014 edition of 20

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Estero, Point Reyes, California
Estero, Point Reyes, California

2014 edition of 20

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Dungeness, Washington
Dungeness, Washington

21" x 8" 2007

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Molera Beach, Big Sur, Ca.
Molera Beach, Big Sur, Ca.

21" x 40" 2006

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Port Orford, Oregon
Port Orford, Oregon

21" x 8" 2007

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Willapa Bay, Washington
Willapa Bay, Washington
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Caspar Headlands, Mendocino
Caspar Headlands, Mendocino

California 29" x 44" 2002

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Beach at Ka'anapali
Beach at Ka'anapali

21" x 32" 2003

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Pigeons, Jacksonville, Florida
Pigeons, Jacksonville, Florida

28" x 32" 2010 edition of 20

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Beach at Truro
Beach at Truro

44" x 33" 2000

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Faro de Bucerias
Faro de Bucerias

Michoacan, Mexico 20" x 24" 2007

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Beach, North of Petrolia, California
Beach, North of Petrolia, California

43" x 32" 2003

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7 Mile Beach, Grand Cayman
7 Mile Beach, Grand Cayman

43" x 32" 2004

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Big Sur
Big Sur

37" x 32" 2001

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Malibu II
Malibu II

43" x 32" 2001

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Rif Beach, Iceland
Rif Beach, Iceland

24" x 44" 2007

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Polihale, Kauai, Hawaii
Polihale, Kauai, Hawaii

20" x 46" 2007

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Venice Beach
Venice Beach

21" x 44" 2000

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Barra de Nexpa, Mexico
Barra de Nexpa, Mexico

37" x 32" 2007

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Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach

43" x 32" 2006

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Malibu
Malibu

43" x 32" 2001

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Wasque, Chappaquddick
Wasque, Chappaquddick

Massachusetts 43" x 32" 2008

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Beach at Selinunte
Beach at Selinunte

38" x 32" 2000

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Haena, Kauai, Hawaii
Haena, Kauai, Hawaii

37" x 32" 2007

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Cape Canaveral, Florida
Cape Canaveral, Florida

18" x 40" 2010 edition of 20

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Point Lobos from Carmel.jpg
Point Lobos from Carmel.jpg
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Mouth of the Columbia, Oregon
Mouth of the Columbia, Oregon

43" x 32" 2005

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Venice Beach II
Venice Beach II

42" x 32" 2001

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Beaches can be fickle places.  A storm at sea, a driving rain, even a single cycle of changing tide can drastically alter the character of a place.  The question slips into my mind:  If the sand has shifted, the kelp is newly strewn about or washed away, or the color of the sea moved from white, to green, to brown; is it still the same place?  Is place determined by gps coordinates, or a solid rocky headland a mile away, or a paved parking lot by the coastal highway?  I have returned to the same coves on the coast of California many times over the past ten years, and rarely does each one feel like the the place it was before.  So perhaps place is more fluid than we think, perhaps place is modulated by time, emotion, tides, seasons, and weather.  I arrived at a narrow cove in Mendocino at sunset many years ago, ran down to the shore in the fading light and was entranced by thick layers of brilliant colors of seaweeds and an octopus in a tidepool at low tide.  As night subdued the colors, I retreated to my small tent in the forest up on the hill.  Back down to the sea at dawn, and all was changed:  The tide had washed in, the octopus gone, the colors pale.  I've returned there over the years, and never found any experience of that place that compares to that first evening.

 

My photographs engage this ephemerality of place and a expanding and contracting sense of time.  A two-mile walk from headland to headland along the water's edge reveals glimpses of beauty and sorrow.  Like a beachcomber, I hunt for and engage with stones, shells, feathers, birds, crabs, seals, broken glass, and plastic trash.  All are fair game.  The finished print is a composite of the experience.  Time and place are expanded and contracted to replicate a subjective and fleeting experience.  Returning another day can never yield a similar result, yet the finished image captures a longer experience than the brief moment of most photographs.