Photograph - Scanned From A Black & White Negative.
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Every now and then I'll make a photo that is, for me, the definitive representation of a place. This image is the one for Carmel Beach. It was a very foggy afternoon and I had driven to several areas of the peninsula to capture the mood in black and white. I stopped to walk along Scenic Road, making pictures of fog shrouded houses and the beach. I came across this scene with the famous Frank Lloyd Wright house on Carmel Point framed by this Monterey Cypress tree.
After taking a couple of shots, this man came walking down the beach. It is fascinating how the tiniest detail can make or break a photo. The same shot without him was little more than a static snapshot. His presence nicely conveys the Carmel lifestyle. The man is obviously well dressed in nice slacks and a sweater, suggesting he is comfortable in a business setting. But his lone presence on this beach shows he also values quietness and solitude.
Many people in Carmel feel that way. There is something sacred in this place that brings people closer to things greater than themselves, and I think this photo conveys that. Over the years I have made many other images of this beach, but this one, made back in 1989, continues to be my favorite.
In 1948 Mrs. Clinton Walker commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to design the house for her. It was completed in 1952. I regret to report, that the tree in the foreground blew down during a fierce storm in 1995.
Photo Copyright James Toy.
April 13th, 2014
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