Paul Croft, 27 April – 11 May 2019

I was an artist’s guest at Brisons Veor last year and “discovered” the stream at Portheras Cove. I was intrigued by the way the stream carved an ever-deepening channel through the sand as the tide receded, only for the incoming tide to wash away all trace of the sculpting. As soon as the sea retreated the process began all over again. During my residency I photographed this process at different stages of the tide, trying to capture the drama and the beauty. I knew from experience that subsequent work on the computer could enhance these aspects.

Of course the local environment is so evocative that Portheras wasn’t the only place I used my camera – the bluebells were glorious; the industrial archaeology always stimulating and I took hundreds of photos not directly related to my original proposal.

I was Paul’s guest and took the opportunity of my stay at Brisons Veor to focus on recording my process when making environmental art:

In the cold tug of the early morning wind, I mark the high-water line with stones

Return to plot the evening tide

Pebbles rattle in the swell of the falling waves

Smell of salt and seaweed;

A storm pounds into the cove, breaking high up the cliff,

Washes my work away.