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from The tide recedes series 1969–71

gelatin silver photograph
(93.4 × 145.4 cm) (image and sheet)
Accession Number
Australian Photography
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1996
© Courtesy of the artist
Gallery location
Gallery 8
Level 2, NGV Australia
Temporarily reflects Sue Ford's overriding interest in time and specifically change. The work's creation as part of the series 'The tide recedes' also highlights the artist's fluid, almost filmic working method, in which individual images are grouped in pairs, sequences or extended series. According to Ford, this strange, murky image of superimposed nudes, rock, water, seaweed, kelp and sand relates to "...the life cycle, sea life and human life..." [Ennis, p.8] and emphasises her concern at the time that people were becoming too removed from nature. As a result 'Temporarily', through its metamorphosis of disparate elements, highlights the integration of human beings with the natural world.