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by Tria Giovan
Is it possible to discover the infinite in a three-mile stretch of beach on the eastern end of Long Island? Sand Sea Sky: The Beaches of Sagaponack, a ten-year/10,000 image project from veteran New York photographer Tria Giovan affirms one can. “At times subtle and soft,” says Giovan, “other times vibrant and surging, these natural forces are capable of invoking peacefulness and calm, or powerful strength and awe. Mesmerizing and evocative, the abundance of fleeting and radiant moments is a testament to the beauty inherent in these organic elements.” Through a decade of seasons Giovan charted the daily and hourly
permutations of tides, wind, sand, and sky. Her visual record and the images featured in Sand Sea Sky document a meteorological drama ranging from the threatening and explosive storm to the suffusing sunlight of midday and incandescent gloaming. In their invitation to become motionless they acquire an affecting intimate immensity that echoes America’s enduring belief in the transcendent spiritual beauty of nature. After more than a century and a half of photography, we cannot look at pictures of the natural world with the same astonishment as did nineteenth-century viewers. While Giovan draws on the landscape traditions of the past, her response is also informed by an awareness of our precarious relationship to nature, to the environment. These photographs of this vulnerable landscape invite thoughtful concern about the environmental preservation of special places that engage our capacity for wonder. A documentation of this unspoiled landscape they serve as a reminder of the inherently tentative nature of this precious resource.