Pat Shourds on Tidal Impressions

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Another entry in the MPA iPhoneography StoryLines series:

I was visiting my brother and sister over the Thanksgiving Holiday in my home town of Coronado, California and spent several mornings shooting promo surf photos for my brother, Mike, and his friends. The afternoon low tide and soft light gave me the perfect opportunity to explore the beach for “gold”! With only a handful of days left until the Mobile Photo Awards entry deadline, I really wanted a waterscape image to add to my mix of nature shots. Believe it or not, I pre-visualized a Shell/Sand Pattern, went searching and, voila, I found several over the next two afternoons.

I made several images, but “Tidal Impressions” struck me as unique. I love the juxtaposition of a human footprint with a pattern in nature. The colors and water lent a surreal, abstract feel to the image. As an aside I showed this image to my sister’s third grade class and many didn’t see a shell at all, but most of them loved the mix of colors, shapes and light. If you can pass the “Kid Test” you have a winner!

Mobile photography has opened up a whole new way of “seeing” for me. I feel that creativity and spontaneity go hand and hand. Often this is lost when you’re encumbered with loads of photo equipment.

The underlying theme or story I am attempting to convey with my images is that nature is ever beautiful but constantly changing! The serendipity comes when you explore nature with the wonder and curiosity of a child. My images simply reflect that joy in my soul!

The setting and the subject are ones I have encountered often. Many of my childhood days were spent on Coronado Beach, fishing and surfing. Wonderful memories and lessons learned that would serve me well into my adult life. Nature’s moods are ephemeral. Moments after I snapped “Tidal Impressions”, a small wave had erased its own handiwork.

Mobile photography has opened up a whole new way of “seeing” for me. I feel that creativity and spontaneity go hand and hand. Often this is lost when you’re encumbered with loads of photo equipment. Once you set that Big Camera and tripod on the ground your view is limited! The iPhone, with its “liveview” makes exploring and shooting much simpler. No thought to which lens, aperture, shutter speed, etc., just move those legs and search for interesting compositions.

The cool thing is that when you post an image for others to see you are sharing your heart and emotions with others!

When making an image I am interested mainly in the moment that caused me to stop and record thescene, but that moment is usually controlled by the light, shapes, and colors that bring the scene to life. However, I often use apps to enhance the mood and emotions I felt when I snapped the shot. With my abstract images I love to just experiment in APP Heaven.

I have had an emotional connection to nature ever since my first excursion to the Eastern Sierra as a teenager. I love exploring, and most of all sharing that passion through the stories I tell with my photos. Really “seeing” with my eyes and lens has opened new avenues and friendships the world over. The cool thing is that when you post an image for others to see you are sharing your heart and emotions with others! What could be better than that? Besides, anything that gets me out of a sleeping bag when it’s 16 degrees, must have something to it!

Pat Shourds

You can read more from the STORYLINES series here

4 Comments on “Pat Shourds on Tidal Impressions

  1. Thanks for sharing Pat! A unique and compelling image and I very much enjoyed your story about how you came to get the picture :)

    • It’s a pleasure Dan. Thanks for your efforts in bringing such wonderful talent together. Looking forward to the opening night at Arthaus San Francisco!

      Cheers,
      Pat

  2. A beautiful image! I can just feel that ebb. Love reading your story that seems very California to me. Look forward to meeting you at the show opening on 4/5!

    • Thanks so much Deb! Look forward to meeting you as well. Can’t wait to see all the images in that marvelous venue.

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The Mobile Photo Awards were founded to promote the global phenomenon of mobile photography and art.  The awards are committed to presenting the art-form in galleries and exhibits. The MPA is the world's largest open gallery call and competition of its kind.
The Mobile Photo Awards were founded to promote and celebrate mobile photography and art. With fine-art exhibits, competitions and open gallery calls, the MPA is the world's largest event of it's kind.