tamara dees

///strange adventures of the sea

the book

Strange adventures of the sea by J.G. Lockhart, £1,-
Oxfam shop, 10 Bridge Street, St Ives.

© Linda Nylind, Best of British seasides: St Ives in Cornwall. A lady opening a book called “Strange adventures of the sea” on Porthmeor Beach.

In july 2007 I spent 10 days in Cornwall. The region reminded me of the films of Tacita Dean, a british artist. Here she made the film Banewl, about a dairy farm during the eclips of 1999. In a charity shop I bought a book called ‘strange adventures of the sea'(1929). Finding such a book makes me feel very happy. I did not know at that moment what I was going to do with it but I knew it was definately going to be part of my collection of maritime books.
Early in the evening I was sitting on Porthmeor Beach, St. Ives, and started to write about my expiriences in Cornwall. When I unwrapped my book to have a good look a photographer asked me if she could take my picture. She was making a reportage about people at the beach and she asked me what I was doing. She was very surprised when she saw the title of the book I was reading and she decided that the book was going to be the subject in the pictures. She left me with the website of the Guardian. Unfortunately the picture was not in the newspaper but I mailed her because I was so curious what it looked like. Two weeks later she mailed me the picture, it was not used in the article. Still I liked the idea that the picture of me on a beach with that particular book was taken for an english newspaper enough.