- WASHED UP - Sean Izzard
The aim of this series is to challenge the common perception of both nature and beauty.
On a remote beach, man-made refuse lies washed up on the sand alongside other 'natural' debris. At first, the former occurs as out-of-place, but closer inspection reveals that it has become part of the habitat, often hosting or supporting native life-forms.
Juxtaposed against more obviously natural elements, some of the the questions are: can man-made remnants ever transcend their literal (or 'litter'-al) appearance and return in a different guise to the natural world? Ultimately, what is the difference? By removing context through the isolating viewfinder of a camera, can the subject be transformed? And, even if not appearing as natural, can it be beautiful? Who is the judge? Does the crab care?
This project was translated into a limited edition poster, designed by MAUD, with accompanying text from Rino Breebaart (below).
- No mere jetsam or brackish remains but a deceit of the eye, an archeological paradox in tableau. Are these
objects deposited — or uncovered — by the sand and waves? Had they lain waiting underground for tidal revelation? Buried by an older force of movement and then exposed to open skies. Or did they land in position so the sand could frame and trace around them?
Erosive flowers that grow on sand perhaps; they have no pollination or bloom but leap straight to wilting decay. We don’t see them form but they appear as object protruding — or sinking — onto a canvas of sands.
They’re on the long passage to atoms — but also fixed in a rapid moment. And like the best ambivalence and tricks of the eye, they give off a shadow flicker of time.
Photography, still life, Fine Arts