26.09. – 30.09.2012
Selected title German Photo Book Award 2013
»... a sense of threat, as well as one of miracle, attends Marten’s images. The people who fill his beaches at low tide seem often still to be there at high tide, invisibly in their fixed positions, fatally swallowed by metres of sea. This, perhaps, is to me the most charismatic aspect of his work: the cognitive dissonance between the serene and the sinister.«
Since 2003 Michael Marten has travelled to different parts of the British coast to photograph identical views at high and low tide, six or eighteen hours apart. His beautiful and surprising photographs reveal how landscapes can be dramatically transformed by natural phenomena such as the tides. From rocky shores to summer beaches and industrial estuaries, the photographs record two moments in time, two states of nature, and show landscape to be a dynamic process rather than a static image. "Sea Change" presents 53 of these diptychs, arranged as a clockwise journey around Britain and divided into four sections: South-West, North-West, North-East, South-East.
The work is introduced in an essay by leading English nature writer Robert Macfarlane (Mountains of the Mind, The Wild Places, The Old Ways). Photographs from the Sea Change series have been exhibited since 2009 in the United States, Italy and Denmark.
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Authors: Michael Marten, Robert Macfarlane
Artists: Michael Marten
30 x 24,5cm
115 color ills.
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