It`s not unusual for me to put work aside for long periods without touching it. This is true for the images in "Cannery" & "Driftwood". Initial these images were taken in the spring of 2008 while on a cycling trip to Oregon in the United States. It is only now (2018) that I have made these two sets of impressions from this trip. Sometimes that`s how it goes.

 

Both sets of images are compositional studies made at two different locations on the Oregon Coast; Astoria and Gold Beach, Hunter Creek. The style in both is simple and direct. The images describe the Oregon coastline, a mixture of sky and water. This gives a background to pick out elements in the landscape for sculptural study. The interest here is very much  spatial. The neutral palette is curtesy of the continual spring showers that never stopped.

Cannery, 2018

 

The Columbia River is the largest river in the Pacific Northwest. These pilings are all that remain of the enormous salmon canning industry of the late 1880`s. Rotating fish wheels like Ferris wheels scooped up huge quantities of migrating salmon. Horses were used by fishermen to seine* an area with heavy nets. Men and horses lived in the middle of the river in buildings supported on these timber pilings."

Driftwood, 2018

There`s an awful lot of trees in Oregon. Some of them are massive. And it also rains, a lot. The Pacific Northwest has some pretty vicious storms and a large number of trees get blown over. Over time the trees get washed into rivers and slowly they make their way downstream towards the sea. Coastal currents leave vast quantities of timber debris washed up on the beaches. 

 

*Seine from the French word to fish (an area) with a seine (net)

  

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