This tumblr was created for my Digital Media Foundations class last fall, and now is for a photography class i'm in. WAHOO.
Michael Marten, Sea Change, Ongoing
Project explanation: Michael Marten really likes taking landscape photography, seen in both his Antsy Down and Sea Change photo series. Focusing on Sea Change, we’re able to view a “study of the tides around the coast of Great Britain.” Sea Change was started back in 2003 and is still an ongoing project, and Marten has already published a book on some of this work. The series is presented as a diptych; Marten pairs two pictures of identical locations together. One photograph is taken of a certain location when the tide is out, the other of when the tide has rolled back in. Marten chooses to photograph locations where the tide change is extremely different.
The setup is easy enough to understand. Marten discovers locations that look vastly different whenever the tide comes in or goes out. He then sets up his camera to capture what the area looks like when the tide is out - often the places are filled with people and activity - and then what it looks like once the ocean has taken over. He frames each pair of pictures so that they look visually pleasing in both image. Nor does he seem to seek out places where people do not infiltrate his work; on the contrary, it seems he likes it when people are around, to exemplify his purpose for this project. The purpose, to me, speaks of the invasiveness of nature. While humans have come in and claimed the planet as our own, nature is impossible to fight. Humans can’t control the tides, no more than they can control the weather or the cycles of the moon.
Marten is selling copies of his book for his series over on his web-site for £30 each.