Can we visualize time? In the 1860s, Carleton Watkins photographed Seal Rocks at Lands End. If you’re standing in just the right place the very same image could be captured of the three iconic rocks. I am drawn to the inherent ephemeral nature of shorelines. They are visual representations of the passing of time; the recession of the rugged coastline, erosion formed textures, and rising sea levels. Although the shoreline within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) is drastically changing, there are moments that appear to remain static in time.
For the past several years, I have been documenting the shoreline within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Capturing the landscape on black and white medium format film,preserving the shoreline in moments of time.
I have always had a connection to the landscape, in particular shorelines. Growing up in northeastern Pennsylvania, I was drawn to the rapidly changing landscape surrounding the Delaware River, located within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. A heavily visited area for New York City and Philadelphia tourists, I could physically see time passing in the fragile landscape. Now living in San Francisco, I find that same connection to the diverse coastal environment within GGNRA. With over 15 million visitors in 2019, GGNRA was the most visited site in the National Park System. That human interaction, just like time, shapes the cultural landscape.