Private Residence, Malibu, CA
Life can be rough and reckless with human beings. Soren is continually struck by the amount of
misfortune and catastrophe people can endure in a lifetime. It’s amazing what people survive –
and what people don’t.
The Panic Beach pictures serve as metaphors for the difficult twists and turns of everyday living.
The compelling colors and patterns of the ocean may draw you in but the ferocity and brutality
of the water are lurking too. Each photo blurs the distinctions between earth and sky, and flat
and deep, which is how unbalanced I feel when a crisis hits.
These images are taken in response to the random tumultuousness of the human experience. In
fact, Soren gets knocked down quite a bit by the ocean taking them. Based on the weather forecast
and the surf report, she rises at dawn or heads out before sunset to shoot. I am perched on large
rocks in the ocean with my film-filled camera, tripod and flash. She hopes the waves come close
enough for her flash to freeze some of the action but not so close that her camera equipment
gets washed away. Both of these things have happened, of course. No amount of
calculation lets her control the outcome perfectly.
This project is a way for Soren – and an invitation for the viewer - to dive into the unpredictability
and complexity of life. It’s not as if we have much choice about the havoc anyway.