Australians are “girt by Sea” and the beach is a quintessential feature of the Australian psyche. We are often taken with the dramatic and colourful nature of a glorious seascape, with clouds, sea, sand and sun creating a memorable image in our minds. I too have been fascinated by the coastal view; but for me the classic ‘sharp’ view was too granular, too detailed. I set about trying to record a series of images that would reduce the complex and detailed scene into something rather more ‘essential’ – the colour palate characteristic of the time of year, season, day or climatic conditions. I use a process of image movement that causes the fine details to be lost as a horizontal blur. In a project that has lasted over three years I recorded Edithvale Beach in Victoria from the same location, with the same technique and eventually selected a small number of images to represent moments across “The Year at the Beach.”