Composites are a combination of two or more photos. Digital photographs are easily mated up with software to provide highly realistic images, that in fact, never existed quite as shown. These are harmless artistic imaginings. However, modifying photos to mis-represent the real meaning for profit or gain, is reprehensible and not acceptable. Some of these photos intentionally suggest a future or alternate state of being, as in “End of the Sandbar”. Some images may suggest possible outcomes, but are for artistic purposes only.

Airedale puppies (?) digging holes together One pup loved the beach on a first visit. The light and atmosphere one day made it possible to take similar shots looking northerly as well as southerly, of the same dog, same hole, seconds apart. Editing tools smoothed out the backgrounds and foregrounds.

Inspection of the Tides Two images were taken a few minutes apart at Virginia Beach, VA. Shadows on the beach are from a high rise hotel, but their convergence would not be possible unless the building was pyramidal, or trapezoidal, or….? The inspectors are of course the same person. Note the details where the opposing tides converge.

Runner in Shadow 2 different photos in same locations are combined to suggest an array of building shadows that is imaginary, and probably could never exist without intervention.


VESTIGES Two similar views of the tide and sky are combined to suggest oceans colliding, leaving only a thin patch of beach for the landlubber. Though a calamity could be predicted from the event, images of the water and atmosphere implicitly define peace, beauty and the power of oceans, which characteristics remain after compositing.


LOVERS APART………..probably suggests a long story. In this case the two at opposite ends of the image appear to be separated by a mountainous sand dune, but were holding hands together only a few moments before their respective images were recorded. Ironically, joining two images together appears to separate the lovers apart.
END OF THE SANDBAR Sandbars are long thin sand masses (islands) 1 to 2 miles off the mainland. Making popular vacation spots in coastal waters, they often flood. As the sand shifts, ocean waves damage unprotected structures that once appeared far enough away to be safe. Geologists say the land, much like the tides, are subject to periodic east-west dislocation. In other words, the land (sand mass) is completely displaced from ebbing on a cycle of maybe 10,000 years. Modern minds are able to ignore this theory often citing technological solutions (man made dunes) to prevent dire effects on developed real estate or recreational beaches. Above is a futuristic image of imperiled sand bars: water and storm clouds encroach from both sides, and they advance unrestrained. Some artifacts of former development remain. Yet the beach, the water, and sky retain their beauty, as we would experience them today.