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Photography Project Celebrates California Marine Protected Areas In 60 Photographs

“Our Ocean’s Edge” is a project by photographer Jasmine Swope that involved traveling up and down California’s 1,100-mile coastline to find breathtaking photos of marine life and natural landscapes in California marine protected areas.

The project contains 60 black and white photos (not the one shown above) published in 2015. Swope says she chose black and white photos because they’re less stimulating than color, allowing the viewer to slow down and take in the images more intently.

Sierra Club explains:

“Over the course of two years, she traveled the length of California’s 1,100-mile coastline, visiting and photographing the shoreline of at least 60 MPAs, from Cabrillo State Marine Reserve at the state’s southern edge to Pyramid Point State Marine Conservation Area on the border with Oregon.”

Covering tidepools, estuaries, rock formations, fog, and wildlife, the photos certainly are something to marvel at.

It’s great to see this marine protected coastline getting some artistic documentation for generations to come.


Joe is passionate about environmentalism and the effect it has on our planet. He’s been a vegetarian for 10 years and is very strict about recycling in his apartment. As well as writing, he likes to spend time singing, playing the guitar, and defending pineapple on pizza.


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