The White Mountains – an abstract of a sea shell

White Mountains by Daniel Sroka

Every summer, my family follows the New Jersey tradition of heading down the shore. And like most, we can’t resist wandering along the beach collecting shells. Of course, I can’t just pick up the usual perfect specimens. I tend to look for the more “interesting” shells, the weathered ones with a little history to them.

This photograph is of one of these shells, eroded and softened by the waves. I was fascinated by its subtle interplay of grays and whites, colors I normally associate with winter. In those colors I saw a snowstorm blowing across a mountain range, the drifting snow revealing the ice and stone beneath. I love the idea of creating a photograph about winter from a shell saved during the height of summer, of a mountain range created from something found at the sea.

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