I've built on the beach for as
long as I remember, using materials and tools easily found on
any shore: a spectra of stones, the curved edge of a shell, adjustable
sticks & reeds, slender dune grasses, discarded plastic toys
and debris, sand - and my hands. Sooner or later a rising tide
finds my cities by the sea. I used to bring a camera occasionally.
More often now . . .
The work progresses (or regresses)
in non-sequential order through much of art and architectural
history. I've borrowed widely from many cultures and tried to
find fundamentals of form and expression. The website is organized
by year and materials. After mostly coming to terms with building
self-destructing ephemera and photographing it for "permanence",
my intentions (aside from waiting for the next warm day) are
to print large-scale images and publish the work as a series
I shot the images (after 2003)
with an Olympus C-8080, 8 megapixel camera. Average rectangular
resize is 3224 x 2248 pixels. Many of the pictures are seamed
together in Photoshop composites ranging to 25,000 pixels in
the longest dimension. All have high enough resolution for large-scale
prints. For now, the images gather as 8.5" x 11" prints
in a growing series of albums.
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