Michael Marten Sea Change

Perranporth, Cornwall

Perranporth, Cornwall. 29 and 30 August 2007. Low water 12 noon, high water 8pm

Gillingham, Kent

Gillingham, Kent. 23 February 2008. Low water 10am, high water 2.50pm

Crosby, Liverpool

Crosby, Liverpool. 5 and 7 April 2008. High water 12 noon, low water 9am

Famborough, Yorkshire

Flamborough, Yorkshire. 27 and 28 September 2007. High water 5pm, low water 11.45am

Bedruthan, Cornwall

Bedruthan Steps, Cornwall. 25 and 31 August 2007. High water 4.30pm, low water 2pm

Eastney, Hampshire

Eastney, Hampshire. 26 October 2007. High water 12.30pm, low water 5.30pm


Severn Bridge, Monmouthshire. 8 and 9 March 2008. Low water 2.30pm, high water 8.20am

Grain, Kent

Grain, Kent. 20 and 21 February 2008. Low water 5pm, high water 1pm

Thames estuary, Kent

Thames estuary, Grain, Kent. 21 February 2008. Low water 8.10am, high water 2.20pm


Hayle, Cornwall. 18 March 2010. Low water 12 noon, high water 6pm

This project  “Sea Change”  is intended to show a natural process in action, landscape in motion. The tides are one of the planet’s great natural rhythms, transforming coastlines twice a day. The camera that remains through ebb and flood enables us to observe simultaneously two moments in time, two states of nature. I hope these photographs will stimulate a sense of landscape as dynamic process rather than static image. They also warn of global warming. The flood tide covers the tidelands and immediately recedes; rising sea levels will flood our shores and not recede for thousands of years.

The coast of Britain experiences tides that vary from 1 metre in some places to 15  metres – the third highest tides in the world – in the Bristol Channel. The time between low and high tide averages 6 hours and 20 minutes, and the photographs in these diptychs were usually take on the same day or consecutive days.

All images © courtesy of Michael Marten