Michael started taking photographs as a teenager and has been involved with photography ever since. His first job was as a caption writer at the Camera Press photo agency. Since 2003 Michael has concentrated on landscape photography. His first major series ‘Sea Change’ (2003 – 2012) has been displayed in multiple galleries across the globe and won Grand Prize for the portfolio of work at the LensCulture International Exposure Awards in 2011.
We asked Michael to tell us about the ideas behind his project ‘Sea Change’.
“‘Sea Change’ is a study of the tides around the coast of Britain. The views in each diptych are taken from identical positions at high tide and low tide, usually 6 or 18 hours apart.
The photographs show how landscape changes over time through natural processes and cycles. Placing low and high tide side by side enables us to observe simultaneously two moments in time, two states of nature.
Much of today’s landscape photography focuses in on how humans affect the environment – through urbanisation, globalisation, pollution. Even when critical, these pictures often emphasise – even glamorise – our power over nature. I’m interested in rediscovering nature’s own powers: the elemental forces that shape the planet.
The tides are one of Earth’s great natural cycles. These photographs aim to stimulate people’s awareness of landscape as dynamic process rather than static image. The project also serves as a warning of climate change. The tide floods in and then recedes again, but rising sea levels will flood our shores and not recede for thousands or millions of years. Many of the views in these pictures may have disappeared in 100 years’ time.”
For more of Michael’s work go to www.michaelmarten.com
All images and text © Michael Marten