Carving Stone - Rodeo Beach by Matt Tilghman

Rodeo Beach is one of the most stunning beaches available in California’s Bay Area. It draws throngs of photographers who come for its dramatic sea-stacks and sheer cliffs. These were the things that captivated me most on previous visits, but this time, I was far more intrigued by the giant rocks that line the beach. I could not help but think that if the beach wasn’t protected as part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, sculptors and artists would have taken these rocks long ago, for the beautiful veins and intricate patterns. But just sitting on the shore, they are reserved for the world’s oldest sculptor, slowly and methodically being fashioned into a living work of art, unequaled by any carved by human hands.

For a signed original, please visit my website: Carving Stone

My life is driven by the urge to observe, and process those observations. This has pushed me to pursue my PhD in scientific research, which is my current day job. It also profoundly influences my photography. This is why I often visit locations so many times — I don’t feel I can know the landscape’s personality until I’ve observed a large sample of the location’s weather, flora, seasons, etc. Only then can I understand what makes the place truly special, and begin to capture it.

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