Littoral Drift Nearshore #649 (Bainbridge Island, WA 02.21.18, Scattered Storms and Fog)
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Littoral Drift (a term that describes the movement of sand and sediment along the shoreline by wind) is a series of camera-less photographic prints that Meghann Riepenhoff creates by exposing light-sensitive photographic paper to bodies of water. She made this print by submerging hand-prepared sheets of cyanotype paper into ocean waves off the Pacific coast. The resulting prints depict the movement of water on the paper. Riepenhoff acts as a collaborator with nature in creating these and describes her style as “chaos with a dash of control.” Over time, the photographs will deteriorate due to the unstable process of creating the prints, which Riepenhoff sees as a fitting metaphor for the passage of time.