Waves Of Erosion

On the north coast of Spain between the towns Deba, Zumaia & Mutriku you can find the Basque Coast Geopark. It covers an area of 90 square kilometers and is known for 13 km coastline of spectacular rock formations called Flysch.

Flysch is a geological phenomenon caused by erosion, resulting in the appearance of alternating layers of hard & soft rock. It typically consists of rhythmically changing layers of slate and hard sandstone.

In an interplay between low & high tide, plains of Flysch appear in front of the cliffs at low tide. Seemingly out of nowhere, the unique landscapes shaped by erosion peak out of the water and then disappear again during high tide on this small section of the Cantabrian coast.

In Elorriaga, between Deba & Zumaia, at the foot of up to 150 m high Flysch cliffs, I started documenting abstract coastal patterns that surfaced during phases of low tide. Shaped by ages of erosion & abrasion, these stones showcased organic forms that instantly reminded me of waves.

Over the span of two days, I photographed hundreds of those stone structures, eventually resulting in a curated selection of 16 images that embody the idea of the title ‘Waves of Erosion’ the most.

Spain / 2023

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