We had, until recently, on the beach near my home a series of large, hulking sand dunes put up along the shoreline.
These sand dunes were created by local authorities to protect against flooding. To me they provided a fascinating backdrop to the countless folks out on the beach each day.
I’ve shot these sand dunes as panels—long, narrow photos because they suggest the vast expanse of the beach. And when you shoot them this way they can take on a life of their own—look at times like a large ocean wave about to crash on unsuspecting folks or look like a strange, continuous dark wall. Part of a surreal landscape.
It’s interesting to me that the beach—as revealed by these sand dunes—can seem at times stark and harsh, at other times kind of lyrical. I like that fact quite a lot.
I always think of the beach as a half wild, expansive desert almost, with many different moods.
Depending on the light and the weather the beach can be a threatening, inhospitable place or I think a place of great beauty, which is why I took these shots.