Honorable Mention TOKYO-2017 Nature / Aerial

Sand Script

  • Photographer
    Pieter de Vos

This series explores how patterns of sand can trace the history of a place. During my daily walks along a stretch of beach in Aposentillo, Nicaragua, I was struck by the unique images left behind by retreating waves. It occurred to me that the layers of light and dark volcanic particles convey deeper meanings. There is a dialogue between the land and the ocean — a visual communication transmitted by the perpetual movement of water and sand. It is the symbolic discourse of place. In this case, the script reveals the origin of Nicaragua and its tumultuous past. The writing also foreshadows what might come as traditional ways of life are disrupted by the arrival of tourism and the increased investment of foreign capital. It is as if the land and the ocean are channelling the spirit of the Nicaraguan poet Rubén Darío and his images of deep sea-swells and charcoal horizons.