Above the Tide is a collection of images of Cornwall gathered from the shoreline, coast and harbours and along the hedgerows by local photographer Jo Davies.
Symbols of strength and stability, rocks give the impression that they will last forever. Reflections, on the other hand, are ephemeral - changing with the blink of an eye. Both are created by the environmental forces of nature, both provide fascinating abstract images of great natural beauty and both present unique challenges to the photographer.
A granite backbone with a metamorphic aureole - most of the rocks of Cornwall are hidden beneath our feet. But, a glimpse of the rich geological heritage can be seen in the mines, quarries, moorland tors and along the shoreline. Amongst the wide variety of rocks on display along the coast are the metasediments with their treasure trove of pattern, colour, texture and form. Criss-crossed with lines and fractures, the steeply dipping surfaces have been eroded into multi-coloured concentric loops and whorls of green and gold with splashes of rich red iron oxide applied like a paint wash. Sparkling quartz veins thread their way through the rocks like strings of jewelled beads and the cliffs are embellished with intricate zigzag layers of dark and light grey. Geology and History
The expanses of water around our coasts are a source of endless fascination. On a calm day, the smooth surface is like nature's mirror - reflecting images with amazing clarity. But it is when the surface is moving that reflections seem to come alive. Masts, ropes, rigging, boats and waterside constructions take on new and sinuous forms and create flowing abstract images. Wind, light and tide play their part in creating these shapes and patterns - ever-changing and infinite in variety.Discovering the Images