Big Sur: The Lost Modern Frontier

This amazing stretch of land along California’s central coast has been strangely hidden from view from so many driving up and down it for years. Except for of its widely published Bixby bridge and a few known public beaches, the real Big Sur is largely hidden from view.

Redwood forests in Big Sur

Big Sur and California’s Highway 1 have been a haunt for beat poets of the 50’s, followed by the hippies of the 60s and 70s. It’s now a known destination for the international tourist to explore by bicycle, car, or rented camper. And don’t forget your standard domestic traveler looking for a weekend stay at many of its numerous “New Age” resorts.

Most photographers explore this amazing place in a quick panic. Making numerous midday stops, as they rubberneck and careen up or down the Highway. They miss much, except for the few marked turnouts to snap a quick selfie with the masses doing the same. They then scurry off, saying they’ve experienced California’s Big Sur Coast, but somehow wondering if there was more?

The Big Sur was one of the last Spanish land grants, for good reason. It was one of the most inhospitable and difficult pieces of land in California to navigate, farm or ranch. Simply because its steepness and it was difficult to extract resources. This carries on in our modern era.

This dramatic and somewhat difficult area presents a challenge for the modern landscape photographer as well, wanting to capture its essence safely and effectively. It may take many tries to get it right if you don’t know Big Sur’s off the beaten path places intimately. We have been exploring it for years, finding amazing new locations each time we do!

We can show you the secret places you’ve always imagined along the Big Sur Coast. Join us for a private workshop to explore Big Sur’s unique light.

All the best,

Mark Jansen

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Mark’s interest in photography and love for landscape photography draws him into some amazing places and he freely shares this knowledge on his photography workshops. He researches his subjects extensively, making many trips to selected areas waiting for the perfect light, an interesting approach to the subject, and just the right moment. His goal of "freezing time for others to enjoy" is what drives him to create his visions and teach workshops.

Mark offers photographic workshops in numerous U.S. and International locations with his business, Jansen Photo Expeditions. He is an expert and personable instructor, expedition leader and award winning, visionary photographer. 

Mark has over 25 years of professional fine art and photographic experience. He has a passion for landscape and classic aviation photography and provides large scale commercial installations of his fine art photographic murals and print works throughout California. He works with both small and large corporate businesses in helping them project a powerful impact through his images.


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