an intertidal zone

It is now autumn in South Australia and I am  very slowly adjusting back  to the bleak, dry landscape  of  the Fleurieu Peninsula after my   brief but enjoyable sojourn briefly walking  Wellington,  New Zealand. I  flew over at short notice  to participate in Photobook/NZ and  to link up with, and re-join,  PhotoForum. 

For better or worse  South Australia  is where I have made my home,  and the coastal landscape of  the southern Fleurieu Peninsula   is, to all intents and purposes,  my  photographic backyard.

purple quartz

This  is where a body of work —The Littoral Zone—is gradually evolving  from walking through and exploring the ever-changing interface or habitat between the land and the sea along this  particular coastline.  

It is ever-changing because the littoral zone is the area of the foreshore  that is exposed to the air at low tide and submerged at high tide–the area between the tide marks.   It is characterised by granite,   different types of seaweed  brightly coloured (hermit?)  crabs,  and rock pools inhabited by small fish.

granite forms

I prefer the low tide since it opens  up a greater intertidal  space for me  to explore photographically  what Georges Perec  termed  the infraordinaire, by which he meant an everyday that that is neither ordinary nor extra-ordinary, neither banal nor exotic. He says:

How are we to speak of these ‘common things’, how to track them down rather, how to flush them out, wrest them from the dross in which they remain mired, how to give them a meaning, a tongue, to let them, finally, speak of what is, of what we are.

This concept of the infra ordinary  refers to what is continually missed; what we generally don’t notice; what doesn’t call attention  to itself; that which is of no importance. Such as a  bit of seaweed scattered  amongst the granite rocks in the intertidal zone.

 

 

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