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Ten-years-in-the-making, Austin Granger’s Elegy from the Edge of a Continent: Photographing Point Reyes is a earnest beacon to an extraordinary place. It is a book about Sir Francis Drake and the Golden Hind, Miwok Indians and eucalyptus trees, sea lions and elk. It is a book about wind and fog, lupine and firs, starfish and granite and daffodils. Combining haunting black and white photographs with wide-ranging prose, that is at turns penetrating, humorous, and poignant, Elegy from the Edge of a Continent is both a heartfelt memoir to a singular land, and a luminous meditation on how we make, and are made by, the world around us. It is, above all, a work of love.
Born in San Francisco in 1970, Austin Granger first began to photograph while studying philosophy in college as a way to get out of his head. Although he now lives in Portland, OR with his wife and three children, in his mind he still often roams that most wondrous peninsula, Point Reyes.