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Photobook: Going South – Big Sur, Kirk Crippens

- 5 years ago

Going South Big Sur is a new collection of images from Kirk Crippens, beautifully produced by Schilt Publishing, presenting a spectacular section of California’s coastline north of Los Angeles.

Big Sur Landscape

Famous for its scenic drive along the ocean with its rugged and beautiful mountains meeting the sea, it has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States and the world. In the winter of 2017, when heavy rains followed a long period of drought, the highway bridge to the north of Big Sur slid down the wet hillside, rendering the road impassable from the north.

At that time, photographer Kirk Crippens went on a trip to the area to shoot its landscape and its residents. In this new book, Crippens’ images highlight the region’s incredible landscapes along with more still times shot inside Big Sur residents’ homes. The mountainous coastline at the time was isolated and unusually quiet; its four million annual tourists were, quite simply cut off from the area, and Crippens spent two full years shooting this period of transition, as work was done to rebuild Highway 1.

“Big Sur has a climate all its own and a character all its own. It is a region where extremes meet, a region where one is always conscious of weather, of space, of grandeur, and of eloquent silence.” Henry Miller.

Publisher: Schilt Publishing
ISBN 978 90 5330 917 9
Design: Victor Levie, LevievanderMeer
Format: 30 x 31.5 cm
80 pages with 44 images in full colour

Going South Big Sur cover

About the author

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Simon Skinner

Co-founder // Editor

Having spent many years working in various pockets of the music industry, and always with a camera in hand, Simon has worked with organisations such as Warner/Chappell, Food Records and ultimately, co-founding the innovative independent record label, Izumi Records before moving fully into the world of publishing in 2007. Amongst numerous other projects in the last decade, he has been responsible for a number of specialist photo trade magazines and journals for the filmmaking and photography communities, along with a coffee table book entitled, "Great Britons of Photography' which he produced with Peter Dench and Leica. Now heading up PhotoBite, Simon and the team have set themselves a task of delivering informative and inspirational content for photographers of all levels, from the beginner, shooting with smartphones, to the seasoned photographer and filmmaker.