It was 1998, during a visit to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh, that I first came across the work of German photographer Andreas Gursky. I remember one of his photographs in particular, Rhine 1. It is only this year that I realise that I have, over the last 20+ years, been trying to emulate Gursky’s work, always on the look-out for the simple lines and repeating patterns that characterise much of his work. I am thinking that South at Winchelsea Beach 1 might be the closest to the real thing.

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