While testing out some new equipment today, I ran into Brandon Anderton creating artwork on a grand scale in the sands of Ocean Beach. I took up a high vantage point near the Cliff House and Camera Obscura, aimed the Gopro attached to my camera at the sand and filmed.
I was immediately impressed by the care taken to create straight lines, evenly rounded circles and a large scale design all from ground level. Brandon used a mixture of tools to shape and move the sand around, constantly add and refining elements to the work.
People passing by all took notice, from above and below. From my position up high, everybody was as equally impressed as I. Many stopped to watch for a bit, snapping pictures on their phones and gazing at the creation unfolding. On the ground, Brandon had a tremendous amount of curious people do the same. As seen in my video, he welcomed conversation with people and gladly handed out business cards so they could see more from him.
As I milled around wondering if my Gopro was indeed capturing the images like I hoped, Brandon completed his work (and my batteries completed their life for the day as well.) I moved down to beach level to get a new prospective and talk to the artist. The scale was even more impressive seeing it on ground level as it reached towards the incoming tide. I had a brief conversation with Brandon about his work, and he finds it to be very therapeutic, it seems everybody around him enjoys it as much as he does.
The beautiful thing about this is that it will be washed away with the tide. Which brings to question, is this about the final results or the process of creation?
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