Sweeping the Ocean Back 

Fine Art

  

I recently came across this image, Sweeping the Ocean back, by Jacob Riis. I’ve never seen it until now. It is such a powerful image. I love the simplicity of it. (So many images are overly complex for my taste.) a simple gesture can carry so much meaning. This girl is trying to do something that is impossible. She can exhaust herself trying but she will never make the ocean recede. Is her naivety encouraging her to try? How long before the tide comes in and overwhelms her? 

 

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