The sea is so immense .. a majority of people "heading to the sea", once back home, talk about the weather, activities at the beach, beachfront property development, the people encountered, the conversations, the food.. is it because the sea is so immense to grasp that we do not mind to observe the details in the sea?
Impermanence, high tide is a conversation between our inner self and the sea. My conversation lasted months, with my photo camera as my notebook. I talked to her, always when she was at her high. I maintained the exact same point of view.. location, azimuth, elevation, composition.. to minimise my own impact when observing her.
At the left, one can see “the sea”. Depicting her in shades of grey, invites the viewer to look and experience characteristics beyond color: structure of the surface, the waves..
At the right, each horizontal serie is a moment of high tide, with each photograph a couple of seconds separated in the time serie. A curated selection of 7 high tide sequences in a 12 month period is displayed on the right side.
Often the sea is depicted in painting, photography, film, .. when she is shouting, whipping upon mankind, mankind made vessels and structures, mankind left to the sea's devices.
Maybe one day I'll reach out to her with my lens based notebook when she is shouting, however for now, I selected the conversations at lower voice, even whispering now and then. When she whispers, she surprised me with details never paid attention to before.
Looking back at my notes, I started to see variations in synonyms, punctuations, the subtile changes in the energy of words, rhythm, pitch and silences to express herself.
I wish you intense and detailed conversations encompassing all of her verbiage next time you both meet.
As for now, I share my notes with you..
Print on Photo Rag (displayed in image above)
Light-box Digital C-print Fujitrans on Durst Lambda

Size: 262 x 108 cm - 103.15 x 42.5 inch (bespoke dimensions on request)


February 23rd - March 10th, 2019
Group expo Oerklassiek at Scharpoord, Knokke, Belgium 

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