Tides and Sands of Time

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by julie close


Illustrated Story/hand-made book - archival pigmented inks on acid-free matt and premium lustre paper.

h: 22 w: 15 d: 1 (cms).

Freedom For Wild Places. A place where nature has free expression. Where we observe, learn, and, with our imaginations, share that freedom. ‘Tides and Sands of Time’ is an illustrated story. My inspiration came from walking along the cliff tops, north of St Cyrus and spending time in Culbin Forest. I found the evidence of the sea reshaping the coastline, man’s involvement and nature taking back fascinating. During these walks, seeds of a story and images grew. This led to many visits and hundreds of photographs concluding with 3 images and a hand-crafted book. For 35 years, I worked as a medical photographer, where the accuracy of recording/illustrating a condition was paramount. The illustrative nature of medical photography has influenced my personal work, which I’m now pursuing, living the dream of capturing ideas. Inspired by my environment and current issues. My projects often require researching habitats, waiting months for seasonal changes and for plants to come into flower. I use multiple photographs to create a digital image, mixing textures, landscapes, and still life. The computer screen is like an empty stage where my work unfolds. It comes to life once printed. I hand print all my work for either hand-crafted books or 3D boxed framed images using archival pigmented inks on acid-free matt and premium lustre paper.


Please Note: Not all the originals are for sale. Please contact wildspace@johnmuirtrust.org to be put in touch with the artist. Prices may vary from those listed online. 

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