This is the blog of Dave Green, art photographer based in Bideford, Devon. All of my new work, thoughts, ideas, workshops, travels etc appears here first.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
The audience for Coastwise talk
Last Thursday I talked to Coastwise, a local collective of like-minded people brought together by North Devon's coast. My talk was about getting the best out of a digital camera for the naturalist. I was a little apprehensive as I don't have the best gear or patience for 'wildlife' photography but I shouldn't have been. They were thrilled to see my own work about the wild coast and seemed to get a lot from my talk about digital cameras. They had lots of questions which I managed to answer. What a lovely bunch of people who meet in the spring and autumn at Barnstaple library 9.45am - 11.45am on Thursdays.
My current work is based around caves and rock formations at the edge of the land. Cave is a loose term as some of the places I’ve photographed are very shallow; others could be described as tunnels with openings at both ends. Some are natural and result from the massive erosion inflicted on the north Devon and Cornish coastline and others were originally mine entrances dug deep into the cliffs. Some sit proud of high water and are only attacked by the highest tides now and others are only accessible at the lowest tides and disappear completely soon after the tide has turned.
A cave’s wet walls and barnacled ceiling warns of the huge tidal difference of up to ten metres in the Bristol Channel. Spending time in these sublime dynamic spaces, documenting the interiors of these inverted sculptures, I’m continually reminded of the awesome power of the sea and treat it with great reverence.
My work here has been inspired by the rare dynamic landscape locked between the high and low tides. This landscape is seen through the eyes of a boy, and transformed by the hand of an Artist.