David Batchelder: Tideland


In Tideland, Batchelder invites you to join him in his visual journey into a tideland like none that has yet been photographed.


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After five years of looking closely through his camera at a small beach, David Batchelder no longer sees the shores as we know them. His vision now is of a private reality within the tideland. Batchelder uses the camera, not to picture more clearly that which we already know, but to discover and capture the unsung beauty of our land. He shares with us an inexplicable, ambiguous, imaginative and odd world of magical visions – landscapes, spaces, creatures and curious objects, disfigured and eroded by the ocean. Although Batchelder uses digital processes, his approach to creative camera work has its origin very much in the era of film, using a digital camera and Photoshop as one would have used a film camera and a darkroom. David Campany’s essay introduces Batchelder’s tideland world where the viewer’s imagination and memory take over and, you too, leave the beach as you now know it.

Additional information

Weight 1720 g
Dimensions 23.2 x 31.9 cm
Publisher name Schilt Publishing
Publication date 1 January 2016
Number of pages 256
Format Hardback
Contributors Text by David Company
Dimensions 23.2 x 31.9 cm
Weight 1720 g
In the 1960s, David Batchelder received an MA and MFA in photography from the University of Iowa studying under John Schulze. He taught photography at Smith College, Amherst College, Boston University, Dartmouth State College, and Plymouth State College. His early photographs were exhibited widely, published in Aperture magazine, and can be admired in the following collections: Addison Gallery of American Art, Fogg Museum, George Eastman House, Michigan Institute of Technology, Smith College, Bowdoin College, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Hood Museum, and Dartmouth College. Batchelder did not start making creative photographs until 1984. Ninety photographs from Tideland were exhibited at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park, Charleston, South Carolina in 2014.