Beach Ephemera by Kathleen Pickard

"Long Point, the world's longest freshwater sand spit, projects 40 kilometers into Lake Erie, the southernmost of the Great Lakes in Ontario, Canada. In this series of images, though, my interest was concentrated on just 100 meters of its southern shore, a seemingly undistinguished, featureless stretch of sand.

Since it is within a half hour drive from home we often visit it, cameras in hand, and have done so for well over a decade. What compels us to return? It's a dynamic beach, in constant flux, changing at the whim of the waves and wind. At times it stretches out in gently sloping shallows and bars and at other times it disappears totally, water lapping at the roadside. Sometimes it gives us a gift of startlingly colourful sand patterns, reds and blues and purples, and at other times none at all. It's unpredictable nature is what keeps it alluring.

The sand patterns are endlessly variable and sometimes have a lifespan no longer than one wave; the very definition of ephemeral. There's usually no time for a tripod. Only in the winter, when the sand freezes, is there time for deliberation.

I use an Olympus em5, most often with the wonderful 12-100 F4 Pro lens. I shoot raw and process in Photoshop with NIK software."

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