April 12, 2017

Discovering the Light on the Washington Coast

One photographer captures the landscape along Highway 105 from Tokeland to Raymond

Photos and story by Marguerite Garth

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105 7 stream tightAlthough the land and the sea have always been the wellspring for my work as a photographer, having moved here from California, I struggled to find inspiration from the landscape I was seeing, as beautiful as it most certainly is.

I think now that the land takes time to read and to understand. I had to stand still and see the way a very different light changed contours and shapes. As the sun moves across the ocean, it lights forests and streams in dramatically singular ways.

It took me a long time to really see this new light, influenced as it is by the ocean, which gives the Washington Coast its own song.

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About the photographer

Born, grew up, went to a good college where I learned nothing except about student loans, then worked like a dog in the fashion industry. Eventually I ended up here, in Tokeland. And this is where I do things. I’ve won a bunch of important and/or impressive awards for some of those things and I hope to continue doing so for sometime.


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