When the tide goes out, the phenomenon of ZONATION is manifested – horizontal bands or zones of organisms. This is true for both plants and animals. Each zone has a particular color or texture from the organisms inhabiting that particular zone. Universal patterns of zonation occur throughout the world. ‘Zonation’ is a work-in-progress, the photographed locations are known to him as places of both contemplation and places to surf. In these new photographs Hughes peers down from the cliff edge, the 6×7 film frame records the activity of both tide and human interaction.
Sometimes the touch of the horizon just peeps into the frame edge, the white of the surf and the shape of miniscule figures along the waters edge explore the workings of natural wave corrasion and human pastimes such as bathing, surfing or walking. The seemingly anonymous figures of surfers, walkers and the array of paraphernalia are explored visually and metaphorically.
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