The Islands of San Francisco Bay is James Martin's
vision. A Bay Area native, the idea to produce a book that
would cover ALL the islands in this great Bay came to him in
the early 90's while as a photojournalist he was shooting island
images for various nature and ecological publications.
than just a pretty coffee-table companion, he envisioned a
voluminous reference book that would draw the reader in with
imagery and keep them there with rich stories.
A long-awaited dream, he
began actively shooting images for the book in the year 2000.
Thousands of slides, several talented writers, and a few years
later the book was complete ...sort of. It needed
to be assembled.
Also a Bay Area native, I had the task of assembling
the book with graphics software.
For both of us, the desire to produce something
uniquely valuable became stronger each month during design
and production. "It's our book!!", we'd
say while we debated about whether to put it together a certain
way. Ultimately, the statement (declaration, really) was the
abandonment of convention in favor of something novel. We wanted
our book to stand out.
You see, from design-conception
to the final look, the Islands Book is all our own. No corporate
entities or big-dollar contributors shaped this book -
it was just us two nature-lovin', rock-climbin' photographer
guys who aimed to put together something memorable enough to
peruse twice, and share with others. --mtl
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