Sea foam is fascinating, particularly as a photographic study — its beauty, variance, movement…the way it captures and reflects light and its spectrum of color, much as a prism…the fact that its form results, in part, from impurities and agitation. Some sea foam gathers into dense ‘lather’ while other stretches thin and sprawls, sometimes making curious patterns across the sand, like coded symbols. The symbolism of sea foam varies from culture to culture and civilization to civilization. In the creation story of the Migmag people (indigenous people in Eastern Canada), the foam holds inherent meaning, representing youth and visions of the future. In Greek mythology, Aphrodite is said to have been born of sea foam. Some believe that to dream of sea foam signifies the removal of spiritual impurities from one’s life.
For me, walking barefoot in sea foam is an act of liberation. I was born amidst the grittiness and concrete structures of urban life. The sea has become my refuge, my solace, my home.
words / image montage © 2017 Nena Black