Beach scenes

I love the beach, and I love the sea. I love the way that it is ever-changing, but constant. It always makes me feel calm and present to be by the sea. Somehow its power and vastness reduces you to your essential being: small, insignificant, perhaps, but utterly grounded. When I am by the sea, I gain perspective; somehow everything makes sense and I am able to see more clearly. I understand my place.

I chose these images to attempt to convey that sense of simplicity, tranquility and anonymity, and I also enjoy exploring the textures and muted colours of the seaside. I am very inspired by Robert Misrach – I love the dreamy aesthetic of his On the Beach series, and the way he plays with perspective, reducing the humans to tiny specks contrasted with the limitless expanse of their surroundings.

© Emily Hughes and searchingtosee, 2012

4 Comments on “Beach scenes

  1. I too love the beach, there is just something about the sound on the waves against the shore and the fresh air near that draws me. Every time we get a chance we go, I especially like it in the autumn and winter as it tends to be so peaceful.

  2. I love the beach too, and living on an island I’m never far from one. Soon it will be warm enough to spend time there!

  3. I live in the UK so am also never too far from the sea. I am also lucky that both my parents live near to the sea, even though I don’t, so we we visit we always spend time there. It’s a kind of spiritual thing, I guess. I don’t go to church much, but I feel nearer to a god in places where the landscapes ruptures and transitions and reveals itself in all its beauty and power (sorry I know that sounds cheesey but you know what I mean). My son is obsessed by volcanoes at the moment and I wonder if that’s a similar sort of thing. I would love to go to iceland I think that would be an amazing landscape. Anyhow, I digress! Thanks for the comments!

  4. Lovely images here.Totally agree with your words too. Makes sense to me!

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