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Ghost Ships and Tides (Limited Preview Edition)

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44 pages, 350gsm cover, 150gsm uncoated paper, 310mm x 245mm.

The coastline of South Wales has a concealed history.  

A history of tragedy and death.

A history of lives lost at sea.  

The treacherous waters of the Bristol Channel have long been navigated by waterborne vessels and on many a gale driven night or fog laden morning, many of these vessels have foundered on rocks unseen. This work investigates the history of these shipwrecks. The work also inspects the landscape that caused these catastrophes, in particular Tusker Rock and the coastline of SouthWales. Tusker Rock is a submerged reef that sits in the middle of the Bristol Channel. The 500m rock is only visible at low tide and is a notorious hazard for ships and as such it is scattered with maritime skeletal remains. 

Whilst landscape is the driving force and the main visual factor behind this project, in reality the work centres around people. The people who lost their lives. The people who saved the lives of those ship wrecked. People are the most important things that we have in life.Connections that we make in life and an understanding of when something is good is an underlying driving force behind our decisions. This work looks of the people who have lost their lives at sea, in particular in the treacherous waters of the Bristol Channel. These people sailed on ships, on boats, and had an enormous impact upon the industry and economic make up of our land. This work pays homage to the people who on black, stormy nights floated to their salty doom. This work is a reminder of how treacherous our seas and oceans are.It is a reminder that eventually the seas and oceans, the landscape, nature, and the Earth will one day once again regain control. We as humans do not have control. Our actions are slowly breaking down both our well-being and environment. And this project is a reminder of how fragile we are within our watery landscape. 

This is a visual story of a treacherous history. A story of foundered ships. A story of submerged doom. A story of pirates. A story of pillars of rock that smashed wood and bent metal.  

This is a legacy for the stuttering candles extinguished by the sea.  

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