Tim Pelling from 12 December 2019 until 29 February 2020

Tim Pelling from 12 December 2019 until 29 February 2020

Long used as a means of measuring itself, sand is immeasurable, infinite and easily obtained, although being exhausted.

We build our cities with it, our phones consume it, our computers are based on it, the windows we look through are made from it. Today, river banks are collapsing, fish stocks depleting, entire ecosystems at risk in the rush to get more of it. These images explore the past, the future, the shape of land made with sand and changing because of it.


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