the littoral zone

I have decided to turn this blog from a gallery of photos  of the Fleurieu Peninsula to photos of  the littoral zone. In coastal environments the littoral zone extends from the high water mark, which is rarely inundated, to shoreline areas that are permanently submerged. It always includes this intertidal zone and is often used to mean the same as the intertidal zone.

Though the littoral zone is from the shoreline to 600 feet (183 meters) out into the water,  my major focus  is the  intertidal zone, which is between the high-tide and low-tide lines.  This  is the shoreline which  is what I walk along with the poodles. 

The change is a result of the pictures of the Fleurieu Peninsula becoming more focused and being shaped into more of  a project geared towards an exhibition in 2016.   

seaweed abstract #2

This  picture of kelp is from the archives. It was made on a walk in South Bruny Island, Tasmania.  Suzanne and I were holidaying in Tasmania.

My digital photography  of the coast/foreshore consisted off  banal snapshots.  If snapshots are seen as the opposite of modernist avant grade practice, then snapshots  are also a crucial photography of our contemporary visual culture and a particular genre of photography.  

I do wish that I had spent more time photographing the kelp properly, rather than just doing a snap shot on the run and never coming back to explore the subject.  I didn't really think of seaweed as a photographic subject  or think of photography in terms of abstractions from nature. Snapshots  are what you do on holidays I guess and they can often be photographs of nothing much. 

 These snapshots have little place in an art history focused on  originality, innovation and individualism  and  what is collected in private and  museums collections whose art discourse is a Euro-American modernist one. Modernism  has constructed the history of photography as a coherent linear narrative occupied by a canon of photographic artists and master works. Snapshots, in contrast,  are about everyday life not art. They are seen by a modernist art history to be dull pictures and visually conformist.  

tree #1

 This study of a tree on the foreshore was made on a beach  in Mollymook, in NSW. We were staying with my sister to celebrate her 60th birthday. 

We were on a road trip to Ballarat via Mollymook and Canberra. We were going to Ballarat for the Ballarat International Foto Bienalle.