Tide: sand pattern and texture
I was attracted by the contrasting textures of pebble, seaweed and sand,
and by the simple, abstract hieroglyph of a strand of seaweed.
My fascination with the dunes caused me to return on numerous occasions. I became absorbed with the character of the landscape and decided to be a little more adventurous in my interpretations of the scene.
I also created a black and white image from the third of the group above.
The long sandy beach of Camber Sands is bordered on the landward side by picturesque sand dunes. The dunes are covered with marram grass that has a deep root system to hold the grass in place. Traditional chestnut fences help sand build up and check coastal erosion.
Camber Sands are a stretch of coastline in East Sussex between Rye and the Dungeness headland. The Sands comprise a flat, golden beach about 5 miles long and provide a favourite venue for kite surfers. They have been, and are, used frequently for film and TV scenes requiring a desert location.
Although in peak holiday season the beach becomes extremely popular, much of the year, because of its vast expanse, there is ample space to be ‘alone’. The beach shelves very gently and at low tide it can require a long walk to reach a swimmable depth of sea.
The western end of Camber Sands
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The tranquility of the location evoked a natural, tender response from these two young lovers.
Seaweed and Sand