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This two square metre (approximately) of Barril beach on the Ilha de Tavira in the Sotavento (Portugal) shows the flow of the sand and sea in their ever lasting interactive game. The sea erodes the sand in patterns and the patterns in their turn guide the sea, creating wonderful organic forms.
I wish it was always so playful and harmless……

It’s late afternoon with a low sun, just becoming baixamar (low tide) and the sea is slowly retreating, leaving the puddles and tidal pools on the beach behind last..

Flow is a concept made popular by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (pronounced: Chick-sent-me-high-ee ) of the university of Chicago in his books ‘Flow’ and ‘Finding Flow’. In these books he writes about the joy of total engagement . Performing tasks which ask a good amount of skill and creativity (but not so much that we have to overreach ourselves) - and feeling good about doing that in a somehow transcendental way . Perhaps the feeling you get when you try to capture some kind of essence of sea and sand on a Sotavento beach.

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