• Dominant Wave Theory
  • Dominant Wave Theory
  • Dominant Wave Theory
Dominant Wave Theory
By Andrew Hughes Hardback, 204pp, 200 colour photographs, ISBN 1-86154-284-4 11 2/5 x 11 4/5 (290 x 300), Landscape October 2006

Andrew Hughes' work explores the detritus and rubbish washed up onto the shores where he surfs. By photographing these everyday products in such an environment, Hughes attempts to draw attention to the small scale, the unseen, the pollutants of modern industrial consumerist society. The photographic survey of Dominant Wave Theory looks at the confrontation between 21st century consumer society and the boundary of the coastal habitat. The eye focuses upon plastic, polyphone, panty liners and other disposed items washed up on the shoreline. Despite their ominous presence, these mass-produced items become aesthetic forms within the open theatre of the beach. In Dominant Wave Theory, there is little sign of humanity, only an echo of industrial society. Forms emerge through a shallow area of focus, emphasizing the distinctions between the man-made and the natural environment. Shapes and lines become sharp as the backgrounds fade into pastel hues, echoing notions of painted vistas. Essays by Joshua Karliner, journalist at the Washington Post and environmental advocate; Lena Lencek, author of numerous books on beach culture; Chris Hines, founding member of Surfers Against Sewage; Dr Richard Thompson, leader of the Marine Biology Degree at the University of Plymouth; Dr Christopher Short, Lecturer in History and Theory of Art at Cardiff School of Art and Design. Andy Hughes studied fine art at Cardiff University and photography at the Royal College of Art, London. He has been awarded various commissions and residencies including the Millennium Fund, South West Arts and the Tate Gallery St. Ives. The publication will donate a percentage of the sales to three key charities concerned with marine science and protection: Surfrider Foundation (worldwide organization), Surfers Against Sewage and the Marine Conservation Society. These organizations will be able to promote the work and generate interest through their membership, websites and key public media.