Having visited Beaufort for the first time in 2011, I instantly fell in love with it. I’m still not quite sure exactly what “it” is that made me fall so hard and so easily – kind of like that first crush – but my impression was and remains that it is a collection of things. Beaufort is a rare gem that collectively, with its sea islands, emanates gentleness, kindness, hospitality, intentionality, humility and grace. You immediately feel at home…as though you have always belonged there.
Being a so-called victim of the magical Beaufort “draw and lure,” I wanted to package it and take it home with me. With that not being an option, I began to research the possibilities of publishing a coffee table book the very next year. I had no idea how much fun it would and where it would take me. It largely started out as just a photographic coffee table book but has morphed and changed into much more. It has indeed taken on quite a personality…
So I begin the final stages of putting this book together – talking with publishers and editors, culling through photographs, finishing interviews and turning them into stories. My mission is to tell a story about Beaufort – a collection of stories that are carefully and thoughtfully woven in with images that I’ve photographed.
This book will reflect the true nature and essence of Beaufort and will tell of the people’s love affair with it – what hooked them, what has brought them back, or why they remain faithfully there? My goal is to be intentional about creating, designing and telling an art-focused story that is imprinted with texture, substance, beauty and simplicity. I want these stories and photographs to find homes in the hearts of all those who love and have fallen in love with Beaufort and anyone else in between.