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IN PRAISE OF MARTIN'S BEACH - shot with the new LIGHT L16 camera (

Those who've lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for at least twenty years probably remember the beach, a long way down a  gravelly road from Highway One from Santa Cruz to the south and Half Moon Bay to the north. It had been a private beach where you paid four to eight dollars to park and walk down the winding road to this usually rather empty beach. Your cash bought you access to a 1950's style concession stand and restroom facilities, but it was mostly the privacy that people sought.

Eventually, the surrounding property was bought. The owner installed a gate above the road and locked it, proclaiming the entire area "private property". Occasionally, surfers would jump the fence and walk down the road, and for a long time lawsuits raged back and forth concerning the right to coastal access that we Californians saw as our legal birthright. 

At present, Martin's Beach is once again open to the public, though a ten dollar fee is exacted for parking halfway down the road. The beach's notable feature, the "Shark's Tooth” rock, still looms over the beach. This craggy rock that juts out of the sea is smaller now, its "time portal"in the center more hollowed out  by surf and wind, and surrounded by rocks of lesser note. Dolphins and seals still frequent the water and rocky cliffs. Occasionally, a whale passes by.

In these photographs, the beauty and quiet of this beach are preserved. Shot over a two day period of super low tides, they reveal the exquisite sea life otherwise hidden under the churning ocean waves.

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I have been immersed in photography since the age of twelve when my grandpa built a darkroom for me in our family basement. Digital photography enabled me to expand my portfolio from black and white to color, though I find myself returning to the simple beauty of black and white as the photography world becomes more supersaturated. Once only interested in landscapes, I've become more attracted to the human element as I travel to "chase the light".

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Guestbook for Chasing the Light - Jennifer Fraser Photography
Beautiful work lady. The light and contrast are stunning. Every photo is screaming to be printed poster-sized and framed.
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I adore your "Chasing the Light" exhibition. Some of the photos look like an oil
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The images from Kashmir and India - absolutely stunning with compelling composition! A visual delight.
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"I wonder at the way Jennifer Fraser captures the scenes. While keeping the scenes lively, she has ensured that each scene is filled with unique spectrum of light and shadow. I could feel context in which each photographs were captured."
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