Tidelands is an intimate and affectionate portrait of Morecambe Bay
Debbie Yare is an artist and photographer based at Morecambe Bay in Lancashire who specialises in photographs, drawings and paintings about the local landscape.
Her latest series, Tidelands, is an intimate and affectionate portrait of her hometown, a record of discoveries and unexpected encounters in its landscape to show what it means to have a 'sense of place'.
"Developing knowledge and awareness of places is important to my work. As such, I spend a large amount of my time exploring and working in the outdoors; often visiting the same location again and again. The photographs, drawings and paintings that result from these explorations evolve from real, direct experiences of landscape; rather than springing from an idealistic or romantic point of view. A number of recurring themes have emerged in my work including human intervention in landscape and our impact on the natural environment; what it means to have a 'sense of place'; and landscape and memory."
Morecambe Bay is situated on the Lancashire and Cumbria coastline, just to the south of the Lake District National Park. Covering an area of 320 square kilometres, it is the largest area of intertidal mudflats and sand in the UK.
Despite appearances, the bay can be a dangerous place. Extremely fast tides, draining rivers, quicksands, and shifting channels can easily trap unwary visitors. The ebbing tide retreats as far as twelve kilometres, and races back over the bay at speeds of 9 knots: approximately 16 kilometres an hour. It is wise to check the tide tables before venturing out on the sands, as walkers can be trapped by waves speeding in, both in front and behind them. They say that the incoming tide 'approaches as fast as a horse can run'.