Book takes look at 48 of Bay's Islands
Julian Guthrie, May 28, 2010
The coffee-table tome "The Islands of San Francisco Bay" took Marin County photographer James Martin nearly 10 years to produce and cost him $100,000.
Had I known what this really was going to take and cost, I would never have done it," said Martin, who works as a general contractor when he's not doing adventure travel pieces for such magazines as Outside and National Geographic...read thefull article.
On "The Islands of San Francisco Bay".....
"James was inspired... This book
is his baby, and whatever chasms he had to hurdle, he was going
to bring it through. A lot of people have his level of energy,
but few of them have the level of dedication to see something like
San Francisco Chronicle, Outdoors
"...I compared notes with photographer James Martin, whose new
Islands of San Francisco Bay" (Down Window, 2006), has established
him as a major photographic talent in the region."
San Francisco Chronicle, Outdoors
"A Fascinating Look at the Islands All Around Us
A newly published
coffee-table-sized book of uncommon beauty is, in its conception,
much more than a fabulous collection of dramatic nature scenery.
With striking photographs
by Marin County photojournalist and rock climber James
Martin -- who conceved and produced
the book with the help of Petaluma native and fellow rock climber/photographer Michael
Lee -- their collaborative
effort aims to capture the wildness of the island habitats in
the hope of boosting environmental awareness of San Francisco
Bay's unique island ecology." ...read the full article.
The Press Democrat, Sunday Edition
"Want to go island-hopping,
explore incredibly diverse ecosystems and learn about complex
natural and anthropological history? Check out "The Islands of
San Francisco Bay" by James A. Martin and Michael T. Lee....
In this thorough exploration of our most prominent geographical
feature, we learn about marshes and ghost towns, gulls and pelicans,
herons and eagles, seals and deer, pioneers, prisoners and the
military, lighthouses, ships and bridges."
San Francisco Chronicle
exquisite photographic display of the islands, coupled with
excellent accounts of their often little-known histories,
and a valuable review of the importance of the bay islands
and marshes to native wildlife.”
P. Kelly, PhD
Director, Conservation Science
and Habitat Protection
Cypress Grove Research Center
"IT WASN'T the photographer
in him that drove James Martin to create a book about the islands
of San Francisco Bay. While Martin is first and foremost a rock
climber, with a climber's compact body and focused determination,
he's made his living as a pilot, carpenter and photojournalist.
After traveling the world in pursuit of those jobs, the idea
that an area so close to his San Rafael home could still be wild,
unexplored and undocumented became a temptation he couldn't resist." ...read
the full article.
Marin Independent Journal,
"Martin's rich, poignant photographs
help us visualize the Bay's 48 islands, large and small. Can you
name all the islands? Besides well-known isles such as Alcatraz,
Alameda and Angel, there are Coon, Jake's and Santa Margarita,
all North Bay islands."
The Oakland Tribune
"Elephant Rock and Rat Rock islands are also part of Martin's lineup.
Find out more about Yerba Buena and Treasure islands, plus South
Bay spots such as Hook's and Turk. How fortunate we are to live
on such a glorious bay."
Kathleen Grant Geib, MediaNews, and Paul Rogers, Mercury News
San Jose Mercury News
ON THE IMAGE OPENING THE MARE ISLAND
CHAPTER (CH 7): "This
stunning photograph appears in chapter 7, Skaggs & Mare
Island, in "The Islands of San Francisco Bay," a book co-created
by James A. Martin and Michael T. Lee. It’s a one of
a kind reference book, as it features images, history and
ecology for all of the islands in the Bay."
Michelle Moday, Editor
San Francisco Bay Crossings