It`s not unusual for me to put work aside for long periods without touching it. The initial images for this series were taken in the spring of 2008 while on a cycling trip to Oregon in the United States. It is only now (2018) that I have made these impressions. Sometimes that`s how it goes.
These images are compositional studies made at the mouth of the Columbia river at Astoria. The style is simple and direct. They describe the Oregon coastline and its mixture of sky and water. This provided the background in which to pick out elements from the landscape for sculptural study. The interest here is very much spatial. The neutral palette is curtesy of the continual rain that never bloody stopped.
This unframed image is printed on Hahnemule German Etching 310 gsm a premium quality textured paper. Print includes white border as shown. All work includes my distinctive orange stamp applied direct to the finished print.
"The Columbia River is the largest river in the Pacific Northwest. These pilings are all that remain of the enormous salmon canning industry of the late 1880`s. Rotating fish wheels like Ferris wheels scooped up huge quantities of migrating salmon. Horses were used by fishermen to seine an area with heavy nets. Men and horses lived in the middle of the river in buildings supported on these timber pilings."