Peter Matthews

Extraterrestrial Topographies

2015. Digital print. Variable dimensions. 12 photographs in series.

At low tide on a southern California beach, i walk for hours with a diving bag collecting plastics that have been washed up from the Pacific Ocean. With a set of macro lenses,  the plastics are then photographed at a very close range to reveal the mysterious abstract language of how time and place has written and marked itself upon an object which has been drifting through the oceans, perhaps for a very long time. We live in a world which is becoming more and more data rich but with less meaning. Intrigued at the individual visual aesthetics which each found object holds.

 Trekking for hours collecting plastics washed up on the beach at low tide on Black's beach, California.

Trekking for hours collecting plastics washed up on the beach at low tide on Black's beach, California.

Special thanks to Dr. Dale Stokes at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, California for support with the technical imaging of the project.