Chronicles of Svala Beach
I’ve been photographing the beach at the end of our road for 20 years. From 2008 I started using a Holga and got more dedicated to our moments on the beach. Lots of initial mistakes with the camera on B gave me some super mysterious blown out images but after a while it became a record of our time down there. The photos are mostly social, family, friends, still days long drawn out moments.
But there has also been a severe fluctuation down there.
At the East end of what is a kilometre long beach facing North is a small rocky promontory - it creates a tiny bay at that end and also changes with the winds and the almost negligible tide of the moon in the Mediterranean. When the beach is big on summer days there is also a passage through the rocks. The main feature there is a separate rock we call the shark - I don’t think its separate but connected to the whole formation there but it’s change of position throughout the seasons is fascinating.
The beach overall has lost maybe 10 buildings to the sea since i’ve lived on the island (30 years) but that is mostly towards the middle and west end of it - I do have some record of that but its for another post - probably somewhere between 20 - 50 metres in various parts has gone to the sea in that time.
I thought I would ‘chronicle’ the work I have on here in stages so this is the first - the shark.