Notes from a Sandbank

Series of miniature cyanotype prints, created during a neap tide, on a sandbank close to the Dee Estuary which would usually be covered by seawater at high tide.

Small pieces of light-sensitive papers were taken out onto the sandbank and partly buried. The slow, incoming neap tide and sandy sediiment have left their imprint on the papers, marking a unique moment in the tidal cycle.

Neap tides occur twice a month at the time of first and third quarter moons. They are generally the two lowest high tides of the month, with the least difference between low and high tides.