'dominant wave theory' by andy hughes
'dominant wave theory' by andy hughes 'dominant wave theory' by andy hughes
sep 01, 2008

'dominant wave theory' by andy hughes

hermosa beach, los angeles

photographers have always admired the photo geniality of beaches; the white sands, the water and
the open sky. photographer andy hughes also likes to photograph beaches, however he chooses to
focus in on a more un-photogenic aspect of the beach: trash. through the low perspective images of
his series ‘dominant wave theory’, hughes photographs plastic trash which has been washed ashore
or left on the beach. these images make the trash itself appear like a landscape or portrait. taken at
beaches in the US and the UK, hughes manages to make what would normally be a blemish on
pristine beaches, into the main focus.

the wasted plastic form is a predominant theme in my work. these images are meant to engage the
viewer to consider a key pressing dilemma of our modern existence; they search for a dialogue
between attraction and repulsion, discord and harmony.


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