The notion of a line which divides the land from the sea is a
notion of convenience which is only valid in certain circumstances.
If there is a line at all, it only exists for a second or so,
and is never repeated again. This film was shot on this imaginary
line, but the leading or trailing edge of the wave is never represented.
The shore line is replaced by a frame line which divides each
one-second "take" from its neighbour. The frame is either
filled with water or littered with stones and sand exposed after
the wave has receded. The image on the screen, the organic rhythm
of the waves, is not destroyed by the violence of the structures
imposed upon it. Nature emerges uninhibited, revealing yet further
complexities of shape and form. The illusory shore line remains
invisible, trapped on celluloid, hidden by the mechanics of the
projector, and de-materialised by the illusion of cinematographic