Ropey old rubbish or decorative art?

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Multi-coloured ropes on the strandline

This post was written in 2009. There was plastic rubbish on beaches but not on the same scale as today in 2018. Today we bring to our viewing of the objects an understanding of what they represent on a global as well as a local scale. It is something that we all wish to see less frequently. However, I still think that there can be an independent beauty of sorts in such finds, independent of the knowledge that they are harmful to the environment. On my other site Photographic Salmagundi I have recently been posting a series of flotsam pictures similar to the ones shown in this old post. They were all taken in the same location, at the same time (February 2018), within a short distance.  I agree with Nannus who wrote a comment about them belonging to the ‘dark side of beauty‘. I also believe that the opposite can be true.

Back in 2009 I wrote –  I have to be honest and say that I like to find brightly coloured fishing nets and lines washed up on the seashore. I know that they are just rubbish but I think this kind of flotsam usually has a kind of abstract beauty that I delight in finding on the beach. It is something about the contrast between the generally muted tones and hues provided by nature and the richness of the artificially produced colours. The one offsets the other. Just like the finding of a vivid poppy flower on a wasteland. The patterns and textures add extra interest too.

Green flotsam rope on the strandline

Not only do they have a sort of artistic merit but they are evidence for our living culture and history. They represent the hard and dangerous work undertaken by our seafarers and fisherman; they’re an indication of how difficult their tasks are – why else would so much be lost overboard? Evidence as well of the craft of ropework with all the knots both in situ and discarded; and the way in which something so utilitarian has been manufactured with attention to the way it looks.

Flotsam rope on the strandline

Orange rope flotsam on the strandline

Blue flotsam rope on the strandline

A Post from the Past [2009]

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