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- - (Vide) Infra - Literary term meaning (see) below, further onThis project is a photographic analysis of coastal erosion.
The area used in this analysis measures a length of approximately 6 miles. Along this shoreline, 3 locations have been chosen, in order to represent the beginning, middle and end of the section.
The project consists of 104 images in 3 parts: map, sea and rock – the fundamental elements regarding coastal erosion. Along with the will to predict, this project suggests the will to preserve - to halt their possible disappearance and preserve their existence in a ‘perfect’ unchanging state.
The number three is recognised as representing a state of completion or unity, consisting of a beginning, middle and end or, more appropriately here, in the case of time, the past present and future. Along with this, it is also thought that something intrinsically divine is manifested within the digit, due to its relevance in religion.
In this work this numeral is recurring - an underlying constant throughout:
3 in part 1, 3 variations of the one section of coastline have been plotted and predicted
3, 3 in part 2, 3 seascapes from the 3 chosen points along the shoreline have been photographed
33, 3 and in part 3, 33 rocks from the same 3 sites have been collected, resulting in a total of 100.
The fundamental elements of this project are intrinsically linked to mathematical principals and scientific concepts. Mathematically, number sequencing and geometric principals of shape and perspective are interwoven into the overall aesthetic outcome and scientifically, all of these images have been subjected to a digital process that mimics the effect of infrared technology - a process that is particularly relevant to forming predictions in weather forecasting. By using this technology, forecasters are able to literally ‘see beneath’ the surface of cloud formations and thus determine their temperature, in turn predicting their changes and movements.
The process employed to the images in this project suggest the scientific method of prediction, so to suggest the subject matter is effectively x-rayed, in order to ‘see beneath’ their surface and analyse their existence or eventual disappearance.- - - Please note that this project can be seen in full on my website here
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For hundreds of years, the map has served as an invaluable device, enabling us to gauge our position in relation to the rest of the world. As well as allowing us to plot our route and aid direction, a map also serves as a timeline through which we are able to determine the change in landform over a period of time.
The prediction of geographic changes is primarily based upon a mapping of data. Here, using a digital spreadsheet analysis program, the inputting of data and number sequencing is utilised to create a 3D wire-frame version of the section of coastline used in this analysis.
Like a drawing made of numbers, the map is constructed from scratch. It depicts three variants of the coastline, demonstrating a hypothetical image of how the shoreline may change over a period of 100 years.
To reference this time frame, only the numbers between 1 - 100 were used in order to dictate the rise and fall of land, resulting in the map of the shoreline.
- S E A
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Rising sea levels are the main cause of the accelerating rate of coastal erosion. In this section, the cause is coupled with it's effect.
Three seascapes from 3 points along the given section of coastline have been photographed in order to establish their position as a major transforming element. Integrated into the seascapes are lines of perspective - created from visual observations taken from the shoreline at that time. Couple with their geographical locations in numerical form, this illustrates a type of 'invisible' landscape where it's essential visual planes are mapped to meet at their resulting vanishing point.
This is intended to depict both visually and metaphorically, the disappearance of the coastline.
- R O C K S
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In geological studies, the formation of rock layers that build up over hundreds of years is known as a stratum (plural strata). The layers represent a timeline of our earth's natural self-construction over thousands of years.
In this section 33 rocks have been collected from the same 3 sites, resulting in a total of 100 images. Referencing the time-frame of prediction assigned to them, one rock for each year has been found and photographed.
These images aim to highlight the fragile nature of these formations and attempt to embalm them within a constant state, halting their eventual disappearance. The rocks are subjected to an act of preservation; first through the act of photography itself, and equally through their eventual aesthetic outcome and the geometric principals of shape.
In geometry the circle is regarded to be one of, the most perfect shapes, given that there is only one of it's kind. Applying these principals to these rocks, they are suspended - secured first through the act of photography, and then through the 'perfect' and 'divine' facets of the circle.
Although this process employed aims to suggest a halting of the disappearance of these objects, it is also accepted that it cannot always be controlled quite so simply. Acknowledging this, when viewed collectively, the rocks gradually disappear.