This past October, I set out to photograph something that has been top of mind lately - Time. That 'essential' thing 'invisible to the eye.' What I I love about photography is the ability to capture what the eye can’t see. In this case, the passage of time was my focus. I came home with this 8 image series titled 'New Found Tide.' With ‘tide' representing both the ocean and the Old English use of the word - relating to time.
To slow everything down and shoot in a more deliberate way.
I wanted to shoot this series because of a strong desire to slow things down and reflect. My personal and professional life is great and I have little to complain about. But with a one year old daughter, another baby on the way, along with aging parents, time and it’s scarcity is something that’s been at the forefront of my thoughts for a while now. I’ve been an extremely ‘busy’ person for many years now and that’s something i’ve always taken a lot of pride in. However, I’m now at a point now where i’m starting to question the value of always being so busy. Often there is a feeling of needing more time, or a sense of frustration at the realization that there just isn’t enough time to do all the things I want to do. This is why I felt it was important for me to shoot this series - I wanted to slow everything down and just sit, observe the tide, and shoot in a more deliberate way.
A quiet, meditative series exploring the passage of time.
I decided to shoot off the coast of Newfoundland because I had been there once before and recall staring out at the ocean and feeling as if I was standing at one of the four corners of the world. My intention was to create a quiet, meditative series exploring the passage of time. Knowing myself, I figured I would have difficulty resisting the urge to instantly review images once exposures were complete. So I shot film, and this provided the delayed gratification that felt appropriate for this project. The shoot process was slow and deliberate with exposure times varying from 1 minute to 1 hour. Just sitting there, simply being, while the film was being exposed was important because I was forced to truly take in the scene. The sights, sounds, the smell, the feeling of the cold ground and the unrelenting ocean wind blowing in my face. I did this for a week - 6am to 6pm and it was wonderful. The photographs in this series were all shot in Placentia Bay - an area approximately 100km wide about an hour and half drive from St. John's.
Anyways, I do hope you enjoy this series.
For those interested - there is a limited set of prints available. You can check them out here.