Cannon Beach, Oregon

May 22, 2013

For my Christmas gift this past year, Heather took me to the Oregon Coast for a week. DougNess-10So, we spent a week in February in the seaside town of Cannon Beach, a wonderful little community with a surprising number of excellent restaurants and a beautiful, long beach, which was perfect for walking, running, and taking pictures. Yes, I liked it there very much.

As is so often the case, what I was overwhelmingly drawn to photograph was not so much the big, broad seascape (though I did some of that as well), but the more intimate details that are so easily overlooked. In this case, it was the seagrass that would wash up onto the beach.

In photographing the seagrass, I would attempt to make very simple, yet elegant, compositions consisting of only line and texture. As much as I like these pictures individually, I appreciate them more fully when put together into groups of 2 or 3, or even more in a grid. I also loved the ephemeral nature of the grass. One moment they would be there, and next, they could be washed back out to sea, with only precious seconds to get the photograph I wanted. The resulting images sure were fun to make, and that’s what’s most important to me.

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