Scott Stillman - Big Sur, California 2019
In April 2019, I had at the good fortune to do some photography while visiting Big Sur California at the peak of Spring when the rocky coast was green and the inland areas were blooming with wildflowers. While the Big Sur coast wasn’t necessarily a bucket list pilgrimage for me, I was certainly aware of the rich photographic history and the enduring culture of artists. I had a lot of time to myself to drive up and down Highway 1, of course making photographs was high on the agenda. I spent most of my time in the Big Sur area, then went on a quick camping trip in the Los Padres National Forest, and finally spent a day in San Francisco just before catching the red eye flight home to Minnesota.
The first day brought me close to some harbor seals, then came the foggy coastal landscapes near Big Sur, rock formations and wildflowers in Los Padres National Forest, and finally a lovely hike on a quiet day, and some more seals at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve.
The tools for this adventure included a Hasselblad 500C from 1965 with both black and white and color film, and a modern DSLR with an adapter for the Hasselblad lenses. It was a fantastic experience including life-affirming moments with good people and a much-needed immersion in nature. Time well spent!