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Dominant Wave Theory

This groundbreaking book was the first of a kind. Beautifully designed by the highly influential graphic designer David Carson.

Andrew Hughes' work explores the detritus and rubbish washed up onto the shores where he surfs. By photographing these everyday products in such an environment, Hughes attempts to draw attention to the small scale, the unseen, the pollutants of modern industrial consumerist society. The photographic survey of Dominant Wave Theory looks at the confrontation between 21st century consumer society and the boundary of the coastal habitat. The eye focuses upon plastic, polyphone, panty liners and other disposed items washed up on the shoreline. Despite their ominous presence, these mass-produced items become aesthetic forms within the open theatre of the beach. In Dominant Wave Theory, there is little sign of humanity, only an echo of industrial society. Forms emerge through a shallow area of focus, emphasizing the distinctions between the man-made and the natural environment. Shapes and lines become sharp as the backgrounds fade into pastel hues, echoing notions of painted vistas.

Essays by Joshua Karliner, previously journalist at the Washington Post and environmental advocate; Lena Lencek, author of numerous books on beach culture; Chris Hines, founding member of Surfers Against Sewage; Dr Richard Thompson, leader of the Marine Biology Degree at the University of Plymouth; Dr Christopher Short, Lecturer in History and Theory of Art at Cardiff School of Art and Design.

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Gyre: The Book

This book, which explores the relationship between humans and the ocean in a contemporary culture of con­sumption, offers an international perspective on a pressing environmental problem


I Jack Russell

"Artists live by curiosity and enthusiasm, qualities readily evident as inspiration in dogs." Robert Adams, Why People Photograph I, Jack Russell is a journey of discovery that will enthrall dog lovers everywhere. When photographer Andy Hughes, a life long admirer and owner of Jack Russells, realised that he had many more pictures of his dogs than he did of his family and friends, he decided to create this joyous enterprise, photographing one dog which lead to another dog until he had traveled the length and breadth of the UK and then ventured to the USA, where he captured the Jack Russell Terrier Club Trials in Florida. The result: this book exploring the relationship between the Jack Russell and its human companions. Originally bred as a hunting dog in England in the 19th century and still used as working dogs today, Jack Russells are sturdy, tough, tenacious, intelligent, athletic, fearless and vocal animals who create their own fun when left to entertain themselves. Full of spontaneity, the photographs show Jack Russells at work, rest and play and capture the essence of what it is to be and to own a Jack Russell terrier. The text includes excerpts from psychologist Alexandra Horowitz's acclaimed book Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know, a specially commissioned piece from English dog authority John Bradshaw, as well as reminiscences of Hughes' own dogs and those he has met along the way.

Dominant Wave Theory Gyre: The Book I Jack Russell