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The Western Gate Volume I & II by Paul Kemnitzer  

The Western Gate I & II

A life's photographic work!
2019 Edition by Paul Kemnitzer

The Western Gate I & II is a compilation of hand colored black and white photos taken between 1974 and 2017 almost entirely printed in a solar powered darkroom in the back country of the Hollister Ranch on the stunning Gaviota coast in California.

Volume I is entirely of Australia with pictures taken during three trips in 1987, 1994/1995 and 1996 and including journal entires from two of those trips.

Volume II includes pictures from the Hollister Ranch on the Gaviota coast where I lived for 40 years, the British Isles, portraits and the American southwest.

Throughout are surfing pictures and stories of a life lived devoted to nature and the surfing life. The book marks the end of a photographic journey begun in the heyday of photographic film and paper and ending with its demise, leaving a legacy of timeless one of a kind photographs.

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The Western Gate by Paul Kemnitzer  

The Western Gate - Original Edition

Limited Availability
1997 Edition by Paul Kemnitzer

includes writing about the Western Gate area and Gaviota Coast by 11 local people including well known author Gretel Erlich. The Western Gate is a pristine area of approximately 100 square miles along the coast west of Santa Barbara, California.

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Point Conception (Humquaq) is a sacred place for the Chumash. It is a gateway for the souls of the dead to enter the heavens and begin their celestial journey to paradise (Similaqsa).