This project is not necessarily a land art project, in that there is no manipulation of the landscape, no use of natural materials to create an artwork. However, in this project, just like land art:
the landscape is subject matter and focus, and
the interaction between human and land becomes
a challenge - an action - a commitment
It also reminds me of Richard Long's "Walking a Line" in which the act of walking in nature becomes the creative process, the artwork. The pilgrimage 'becomes' the creative act. This is why I feature 100days100beaches by Peta Sarkis:
A self-designed, photo-pilgrimage to capture 100 beaches in 100 consecutive days in Cape Town, regardless of weather or beach conditions or lack of funds to fill a thirsty petrol tank.
A self-taught photographer with a love of nature, a calling to capture the essence of a beach and a belief in the healing of a twenty minute daily walk – inspired Peta to take on this photographic challenge .
On 17 June 2011 she began her solo mission to experience and reveal the ever-changing beauty of Cape Town’s many beaches, interacting and inspiring both local and foreign tourists and workers wherever she went. Many a crazy winter day was spent chasing the rain or windy weather, but never without a smile on her face at the pure and delicious madness of it all.
For a consecutive 100 days, Peta posted a photograph and a short write up on each day’s adventures – inspiring many along the way, to take up their own challenges. As many as 240 daily fans from all over the world followed her pilgrimage, savouring her images as much as her stream-of-conscious journaling.
The daily travels covered beaches all around Cape Town’s coastline – from Cape Point to the city to just past Bloubergstrand and one beach out towards Betty’s Bay.
By following her passion and being true to herself - Peta inspired others to take on their own challenges. An unexpected victory along the way ….inspiring herself to inspire others!
- No Photoshop was used to enhance these images in anyway.
- In order to qualify for the challenge, the beach, bay or point had to be officially named on a map or at the beach itself.
- A beach could not be re-visited in order to re-take any shots. Only ones from that day qualified
- The challenge had to be 100 consecutive days
- Once a beach was intuitively selected, another beach could not be chosen that may seem more enticing along the way.
See more images on the South African Centre of Photography website and Peta's Facebook Album for the project.