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Vanity Fair

Capturing Coastal Erosion from Above

Posted on July 15, 2013

Disappearing Beaches

Having been a Los Angeles Country Lifeguard in my younger days, I've always been around the beach. I'm lucky to have had the opportunity to explore and visit many of the different beaches around Southern California. I noticed that over the years, the beaches seem to be getting smaller and smaller. This is particularly evident from the air, as you can really get a grasp of just how small the beaches have become. Broad Beach has always interested me, as I remember how the beach used to be absolutely massive. Today it is little more than a breakwater, created to protect expensive beach homes.

“I don’t call it Broad Beach anymore. I call it Invisible Beach.”

Bill Patzert - Climatologist at JPL

When Vanity Fair reached out to me about taking photographs of Broad Beach, I had an idea of the type of piece they were putting together, but the actual article far surpassed my expectations. I had thought that the erosion and disappearing coastline was a Southern California problem but I realized it was even more widespread than I had imagined. The historical picture of Broad Beach really reminded me of how it used to be. I'm curious, and a little scared, to see what it'll look like in another 30 years.

See the original article here.