I find it is important to look to the future so that we can develop ourselves and project where we want to be in time to come. But I often feel that this is at the expense of now. When I look back in the past, I do not remember what I wanted to be and where I wanted to go, I remember what I was, what I was doing, and who I was doing it with. I remember the moment that was once my present.The system. Photographed by Thomas Wood
Every moment that we have is unique in itself even in the most subtlest form as it is always different and can never be attained again as the ingredients are never the same. It may be as defined as twenty people drawing in the sand and the sky with lights under a Super Lunar Moon, or as undefined as a parents young child being another day older. But these undefined moments are just as important and easy to neglect, they may seem mundane but I do not think they are as before you know it the ingredients that make this moment will no longer exist.
A ball of light in the sky and a drawing in the sand is fleeting, immediately epic and then gone. But these subtle moments are also epic but deceptive as they are so prolonged. A child may only be one day older today, but one day he will be a man, and one day that man will have fallen from the earth entirely.
The fountains. Photographed by Thomas Wood
These drawings are a representation of cherishing the moment in its most obvious form. Each stream of light is a person on the beach, each photograph is a person behind a lens. But when I look at these photographs I remember the laughter of my friends as they moved the lights around on four meter poles, my wet feet, the lighting of a candle to a friend that has departed, the embrace of a friend that had fallen from my consciousness only to return, the jokes that passed over the walkie talkies, the beauty of the night sky, the candle lighting brigade, the fireball that singed hair on legs, the hot dog that was cooked up for everyone before we left the beach, the full moon.
Time is the most precious thing that we have to share and give to each other as one day it will run out. It expresses itself in the moment in grand and subtle ways. Enjoy them.
Many thanks to Andy Moss for collaboration on design, and for the drawings themselves Tom bolland, Hannah Bolland, Richard Green, Henri, Thomas Wood, Tim Curtis, Becky Sayers, Jonny Sayers, Rae Owen, Mike Copleston, Ruth, Joel Ingham, Sarah Boocock, Chris Owen and Samantha Yates.