Praia Piquinia: Photos by Christian Chaize
Fascinating photography project taken over the course of eight years capturing an intimate beach in the south of Portugal from the same vantage point at different times of the day. The resulting photographs provide an enchanting portrait of the tides, light, weather, and people that shape and reshape the landscape each day.
What the still-life was for Morandi, the haystack for Monet…this beach is that for me. From a distance, I observe the variables: light, weather, time of day, the ebb and flow of the ocean and most importantly, the sunbathers, unaware, below my large-format camera. The images are shot vertically, a departure from the traditional, horizontal format in landscape photography. It puts my subject matter in the form of a portrait—an ongoing record of this corner of nature (and human nature), over the minutes, the days, the years. Ultimately, I try to instill an element of time within these captured moment…visceral time, elastic from one image to another.