'Littoral Drift' Was Created with Light-Sensitive Paper and the Sea

By: Laura McQuarrie - Sep 16, 2016
References: meghannriepenhoff & psfk
"Littoral drift" refers to the process in which beach material such as sand and other sediment is shifted as the waves meet the shore. 'Littoral Drift' is also the name of a project by artist Meghann Riepenhoff, which involved submerging light-sensitive paper in the sea and letting nature control the patterns produced.

The series of prints puts a spin on the way that photos are traditionally developed. Rather than taking photos for development in a darkroom, Riepenhoff created her own way of crafting a cyanotype or photographic blueprint.

Natural elements are a large part of the work Riepenhoff produces, who believes: "We seek to control and shape the environment, but at the end of the day we are very much at its whims."