A review of West Coast: Bering to Baja

  • Mount Ballyhoo (elevation 1,634 feet) Above Dutch Harbor, Aleutian Islands, Alaska.

    David Freese courtesy George F. Thompson Publishing
  • Rialto Beach, Olympic National Park, North of La Push, Washington

    David Freese courtesy George F. Thompson Publishing

West Coast: Bering to Baja
Photographs by David Freese, Foreword by Naomi Rosenblum with text by Simon Winchester,
191 pages, hardcover:
George F. Thompson Publishing, 2012.

"I have always been drawn to transitional places," writes photographer David Freese in West Coast: Bering to Baja. "For me, there is no more fascinating place on Earth than the meeting of land, sea and sky."

Turning the pages of Freese's book of West Coast photographs, you can almost hear the thundering beat of waves against the shore and smell the salt and seaweed-wracked air. The images are stark and tonal, presented in small-format prints that contrast with the vast landscapes they capture. Journalist Simon Winchester's accompanying text explores the geologic forces that shaped the landforms portrayed. Together, the two offer a cohesive portrait of an often-fragmented coastline that stretches from Alaska's mountainous Aleutian Islands south to the sand dunes of Baja California.

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