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For much of my adult life I’ve had this strong desire to document parts of the world and aspects of our lives that are at risk of disappearing. It stems from an interest in the vulnerability and changeability of the world, and in our complicity in letting these places slip away unannounced, unnoticed, and unsung. It is also rooted in an obsession with what is unique in our increasingly homogenous society; and what makes who we are or the places we go different, rather than the same. These interests are what drove me to document in detail a particularly intriguing stretch of beach in the series Ephemeral Shores, and to explore various themes such as concealment, revelation and change.
Two thousand years ago, an earthquake shifted part of an ancient forest into the tidal zone along the Oregon coast. Until a series of particularly violent storms in the late 1990’s, the remains of this Sitka spruce forest were preserved deep in the sand, protecting them from the elements. Today this area, known by locals as the ‘Neskowin Ghost Forest’, is only visible amongst the sand and surf of the Pacific Ocean during the lowest of tides in winter. The now-constant exposure to the elements means it is likely these trees will decompose much more quickly and this relic of the past will soon disappear.
In the early hours of the morning, before the sun began to rise over the tree line to the East, the Neskowin surf experiences a magnificent array of colors. The subtle yet distinct hues left a lasting impression on me, and moved me to create my first color photography series. The tones of the waves were constantly evolving, in stark contrast to the growing devolution of the Neskowin forest itself.
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