Since 2003 London-based Marten has focused his attentions on landscape photography, producing a unique body of work documenting the tides all around the coast of Britain.
‘Sea Change’ features a series of before-and-after pictures that showcase how dramatic tidal change can be. The project has been nine years in the making, with Marten traveling the length and breadth of the UK to capture “identical views at high and low tide” – usually six or eighteen hours apart.
The results are breathtaking, especially as the two images, when laid side-by-side, truly highlight the radical transition between the tides. Salmon fishery, Solway Firth is a fine example of this – at low tide in the afternoon a barren beach stretching as far as the eye can see, at high tide the next morning a fury of storm waves.
The book, Sea Change – A Tidal Journey Around Britain, has 53 diptychs in total. Marten’s pictures are the perfect hybrid of fine art and documentary photography, presenting the audience with both a visual feast and the challenge to identify the multiple changes brought to the landscape by the metamorphosis of the tide.
For further information about Michael’s book, visit: michaelmarten.com/seachangebook/
For more of Michael’s work, visit: michaelmarten.com