Styrofoam Sands / by Julie Conquest

Sand tells a story about time. The beach at Garrapata State Park is luminous with grains of quartz and feldspar and as of March 24, 2019, styrofoam. I have been regularly visiting this beach on trips to and from Big Sur for the last fifteen years. Sometimes I get tossed around by the waves with surfers and almost always I wander upon the cliffs where the iceplant grows thick and radiates in shades of red. Most recently, I wandered along just after high tide and photographed white, spongy styrofoam pearls where they rested. This series explores how the shores of tomorrow reveal to us of our consumption today.