Mandy Williams: A Strange and Familiar Sea

A photography exhibition by Mandy Williams that brings together work from three photographic series about the mysterious pull of the sea.

In Beyond Land the photographs take place at the street, a causeway that reveals itself at low tide. Started a month after the referendum result with its emphasis on Britain as an island nation, geographically and psychologically separate from Europe, the photographs show a collective march to the water’s edge. The line of people following disappearing paths out to sea not only documents our innate connection to water but can also be seen as a metaphor for the times.

Sea Level and Frame were shot in Worthing where she lived as a teenager and focus on the beach shelters along the promenade. In Sea Level the photographs are taken at high tide, when the shelters are empty. Their windows are weathered and scratched by the wind. The view of the sea through this prism produces images that are quite abstract – the sea and the markings on the glass have equal importance in the finished photograph. Frame captures people as they walk by the shelters, their bodies barely discernible as they pass the central arms of the cross frame or are swept along by the wind. The textures of the environment at that moment are imprinted on the figure.

Mandy Williams is a photographer and artist who works on long-form landscape series concerned with the psychology of place and how the marks of time and human presence affect the environment.