Big Sur is a spectacular section of the California coastline north of Los Angeles, famous for its scenic drive along the ocean with its rugged and beautiful mountains meeting the sea. In the winter of 2017, when heavy rains followed a long period of drought, the highway bridge to the north of Big Sur slid down the wet hillside, rendering the area inaccessible by road. It would be more than a year before Highway 1, lifeline to the community, could reopen for traffic.
When the road was blocked Kirk Crippens and former resident Torre McQueen went to Big Sur. The photographs Kirk made of the landscape show the peace and quiet, the destruction, and the beauty. His portraits of Big Sur residents reflect the resilience, self-sufficiency and attitude that life, work and art will continue through it all.
Schilt Publishing, 2019