Art like a photograph is a record of a point in time. Yes you can edit both through digital manipulation with software or add to a piece of art over a period of time.
To see places, objects at a point in time you need to be nosey – or observant as I sometimes try to pass it off as. I am always noticing things and storing them in my head or on my photograph collection. I see points in time when things look distinctive or a change from how I normally see something has happened. I used to have a rule when I started drawing which was;
“If it doesn’t move sketch it, if it does take a photo and try later”
It worked well as a motto when carrying a sketchbook with me at all times and I drew a wide range of mundane things as well as landscapes etc. One of the advantages of being nosey is spotting changes. This links well back to my former career as a geographer where the changes made by nature or people’s actions could be investigated for their causes so the change could be understood. My art doesn’t require that but I still do it in my head.
This weekend the Purbeck coast, especially around Swanage has been impacted upon by easterly winds and high Spring tides this has led to changes to the natural seafront of the beach and cliffs and I have amassed many photos of ore and post changes. The photos below demonstrate how things can change in a short time.
Saturday 30 January
I walked to the north of Swanage Bay once the tide had dropped sufficiently to be able to walk a safe distance from the foot of the cliffs. There was much evidence of water pouring from the land above on to the beach. This caused erosion (wearing away) of sand and was also caused by the strong waves coming in to the beach as well.
Monday 1 February, the sprint tides are at their greatest range of 1.8m between High and Low tide in height. This time low tide is after it gets dark so we walked along at high tide.
Are you nosey / observant?
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