Sandy Beaches

Every year about this time I get the urge to drive to the beach.  The waves of the Atlantic Ocean, the cool breezes and the sand between my toes calms and rejuvenates me. I ran across these images of the sand works of Jim Denevan and wanted to share them–his work was previously unknown to me…they are the beach and so much more.

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7 thoughts on “Sandy Beaches

  1. Too cool. I’ll have to look him up to see how these are constructed. Is it just wet sand vs. dry? I guess I’ll find out. Love the figure in each photo to provide scale. At the same time, the figure or figures look somewhat out of scale for the human form, so trying to make sense of the image is rather disorienting. Lastly, a question: if an ephemeral sand painting fell in the forest, and someone photographed it, would it really be ephemeral?

    Yes to the last. As for scale…check out the earthoworks on his website.–s

  2. Wow, talk about rejuvenating. That first photo is simply incredible. Like Helen, I’m off to google and get more info. Thanks for sharing these photos, they’ve definitely got my creative juices flowing.

    Glad you liked them. I was surprised I they hadn’t really registered with me before.–s

  3. I bookmarked this man’s work, when you first looked at him or …? The second one was one of my favorites, I could see it translated into a textile. My other favorite was a long beach shot with a single disappearing point.

    The earthworks are too cool…made with tiretracks. Not exactly sustainable but just as beautiful as the beach works.–s

  4. Really stunning, really art. Peaked my interest in how he created these. Going to find out. Takes a lot of patience and time for sure, then to have it wash away.

  5. Fascinating photos! And a mysterious art. When I worked at Williams College a group of Tibetan monks came during a school break to make a sand mandala in the art museum. People could come and meditate with them, or just watch them painstakingly pour out colored sand, grain by grain to make this complex design. A large group gathered when the mandala was completed because – – – after prayers, one monk took his brush and ran it through the mandala and destroyed it – reminding us of the temporary nature of all things. We all intently watched the ceremony and the gasp that went up with that first swish of the brush was memorable – as was the whole event. I too, will look up Denevan. Thank you for this.

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