Setting out again

Sadly I have not been able to keep up as well as I had hoped with this Tidelines blog due mostly to all the preparations for my recent Open Studios event. It’s also sad that I’ve not even been able to get out for as many beach walks as I would have liked, but I have been successful in incorporating many Tidelines ideas and influences into my work. Nearly all of the pieces I showed at the Five Artists at the Chapel in the Garden exhibition were Tidelines-related, and even some of my #Collage365 work is influenced by this project.

Now that show is out of the way I’m hoping I can return to the Tidelines process in

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Old photos of Holkham and Wells-next-the-Sea plus a bit of a ponder about photography

When I say old photos I mean my old photos. I believe they are from a holiday in 1991 when I took my family to stay in Wells-next-the-Sea. It marks the moment that I fell in love with Holkham. I had been there once before but this holiday gave me extensive access to the beach and the meditative process of searching for the perfect scallop shell. I have been scanning in some old snapshots from my childhood and while in the mood, looked out for pictures I took on past visits to my chosen beaches. I have been shocked to find how many of the old prints have deteriorated and may have to pick the best and have some sessions

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What will be my new beaches and why?

I have been thinking a lot about the reasons I have chosen my target beaches from the past and pondering what the “rules” should be for choosing my new sections of coastline. From the outset all those years ago I think a key theme was to discover what makes those places special for me and what was it that caught me about them from the start.

Clearly some places are embedded in my history: the section from Leigh to Southend was my childhood-to-teens local coastline. My Nanna lived with my Uncle Ted in his house overlooking the estuary at Leigh and my Auntie Lil lived in Southend. It was an easy bus or train ride to either from my childhood

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