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Dominant Wave Theory Hardcover – 16 Oct 2006
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The noted artist presents a series of photographs capturing the garbage, refuse, and other detritus washed up on the shores on which he surfs, revealing the pollutants and remnants of a modern industrial consumerist society in relation to the natural world.
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The crisp pictures' usage of lush colors and various photographic techniques give an utterly unexpected perspective to mundane familiar objects that have fulfilled their purpose and now are reduced to detritus. For instance, a technique used in several photographs (including the cover picture) is to allow for the object to take up almost all the central space, thereby conveying the impression that it is much larger than it really is, and also giving one the feeling that it came from outer space. More than once, I was reminded of the monolith scene in the movie '2001: A Space Odyssey'. I don't know if it was the artist's intention but the idea of conveying that this rubbish is alien to nature and the beaches by making it seem like a collection of 'alien' (i.e. outer space) objects strikes me as ingenious.
The album contains several accompanying essays which examine some of the broader context in which pictures were taken, and the environmental problems that the beach offal poses is a dominant reoccurring theme.
The book would make a nice gift for environmentally conscious people who enjoy beach-related activities, or those (like me) who just enjoy being exposed to a novel perspective on familiar items.