While my work has referenced the landscape for many years, the Traces series was originally inspired by a trip to Iceland.
Driving through fields of hardened rocky lava, we came to the Blue Lagoon, a day spa where the lava fields had been converted to an outdoor lagoon filled with hot mineral water from Icelandic geysers.
Black volcanic sand lined the lagoon – but the minerals and salts in the water had, over time, turned the sand white – which, with the reflection of the sky, made the water glow a pale milky blue.
After bathing for a while, I was drawn to the shoreline where the waves washed over the black sand and left traces of the minerals behind. It immediately struck me how the landscape was constantly changing.
I stood for a while, photographing these gentle waves lapping and leaving their traces on the sand.