Dramatic and powerful photographs of coastal landscapes and subject matter reveal Scott Taylor’s view of North Carolina. Coastal Waters--Images of North Carolina is a stunning presentation of the work of one of the premier visual interpreters of our coast’s natural and human world. Scott Taylor’s work has been seen in Coastwatch, Wildlife in North Carolina, and gracing the covers of Dirk Frankenberg’s book The Nature of North Carolina’s Southern Coast and David Cecelski’s A Historian’s Coast. Like Winslow Homer and his ties to Prout’s Neck in Maine, Ansel Adams and Yosemite, so, similarly, many have come to think of Scott Taylor’s photography as being inextricably identified with the creeks, rivers and sounds, the marshland byways and the wondrous barrier islands of North Carolina.*
Published November 2000 by Coastal Carolina Press ($25.95, hardcover), Coastal Waters features 90 duotone reproductions of Taylor’s photographs taken in North Carolina—many of which have never before been published.
Scott Taylor’s work reflects the heart of the coast and bears witness to its rhythms and mysteries through all weathers and all seasons. Much of this collection is land-and-sky-waterscape. A lone dead tree stands out upon a high duneside on Shackleford Banks. The pain of Lookout Light’s well-known diamonds is flaking and dusting away, but the thin spindle itself is strong against the sky. Yet just as many images marvel over what an enormous amount of activity is always going on in this part of the world. Men are spot fishing in the hook of Cape Lookout, with pelicans in flight nearby, and sunlight glancing off the big skiff and shimmering in the shallows, a grand fair-weather day at the edge of our province.*
*excerpted from Bland Simpson's introduction to Coastal Waters
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