I love the beach.
Maybe because I grew up in a Vermont-a landlocked state.
Sure, we had Lake Champlain, where I spent my childhood summers. It has a shore but not exactly a beach.
The unpredictability of what the restless waves wash up on shore gives an ocean beach LIFE!
Nowadays there is a LOT of plastic, which is part what got me started making these beach portraits.
I have found so much trash on the numerous beaches I’ve combed-from California to the Virgin Islands, and Italy to Maine. Along with the trash I always find intriguing shells, feathers, bones, and exoskeletons.
Using these elements I began making portraits of invented characters. I didn’t alway name them, but this one spoke up and said her name was Richard Thompson’s mythical Cooksferry Queen.
So, next time you find yourself on a beach-any beach, find a bag or bucket, pick up any trash and other interesting flotsam you find and make your own beach portrait. Snap a photo, give him/her/they a name, and finally, remove all the trash and leave the remnants of the face to nature.