November 8, 2022

It was “Sandcastle” that first drew me to Wolfgang Tillmans. It wasn’t so much the image but what the image represented that resonated with me. We know that by break of day the tide will have washed it away, and yet we still build it. It’s the possibility that this one might survive and the knowledge that we can re-build if it doesn’t that spurs us forward. And of course, there’s the sheer joy of turning sand into turrets. Sandcastles are the best of human spirit. Hope. Resilience. Love. Creativity. A reminder that nothing is permanent. Tillmans is such a prolific and influential photographer, but for me, it’s about this one photograph.


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