Active Material – Salt Marsh and Keer Estuary

In November 2021 I began an in-depth study of a salt marsh and river estuary on the edge of Morecambe Bay. The work sources photography, video, sound recordings, and drawings, along with ongoing research about salt marshes and why they are important. Whilst making the work I’ve developed an even deeper appreciation of the earth and its ability to adapt. However, the salt marsh, mudflats, and surrounding coastline are eroding at an alarming rate, transforming the area beyond recognition.

I’m currently in the process of sifting through the work and experimenting with ways of disseminating it. So, this is very much a work that is evolving. Ideally, at some point, I’d like to develop it into a project that involves my local community.

The tide pushes pebbles up the shore. They rub at the edge of the salt marsh like sandpaper, finally enveloping a ghostly pool.
Nothing stays the same for long….
December 2021
Mudflats erode creating lines of tiny mud ‘cliffs’ around the edge of the salt marsh and out onto the Bay.
The earth continues to create itself…. 
I record details along the edge of the marsh where it meets the sea. I wish I had spent my whole life paying this much attention. Now I can’t stop looking…
Earth Studies - The Salt Marsh, 2022
Moving the body/camera so close to the ground, it is not possible to create a ‘perfect’ image of an area that slots together like a jigsaw. The ‘glitches’ and ‘repeats’ suggest the passage of time and the shifting of the earth with each new tide. Lines and grids emerge between technology and nature.
Imperfect Earth Study - The salt marsh, 2022
A meticulously made manual timelapse…. Data? 
Overwhelming horseshoe (mud) canyons cut their way through the salt marsh at the River Keer estuary. How can I express the scale of these transformations? I feel very small.
mud channels
Houses overlook a rapidly eroding salt marsh. What does the future hold for those who live here?

Find out about salt marshes and their preservation on the Wildlife and Wetlands Trust website