Lens-Artists Challenge #68 – LAYERED

“Layer by layer art strips life bare.”

Robert Musil



Amy has given us some interesting food for thought this week with her “Layered” challenge. I’ve chosen to feature some images I made over the course of a few evenings last week on Kiawah’s beach.  Our summer humidity has lifted and beautiful clear weather has become the norm. Sand, sea and sky combine to become one of Mother Nature’s best examples of layered perfection. My opening image also includes a set of beachfront umbrellas standing watch as the sky develops its beautiful layers of color.

sunset, reflection, beach, Kiawah Island


“I like to compare my method with that of painters centuries ago, proceeding from layer to layer.”

Alberto Moravia

In the capture above, the sky turns ever more beautiful just before the sun finally sets. A lone bird searches for its evening meal in the waters reflecting the colorful sky. I wondered about the people you can barely see in the waves beyond. Hopefully they returned to shore before the night went totally dark.

shrimp boat on ocean at sunset


“Magical realism allows an artist to inject layers of meaning without being obvious.”

Shirin Neshat

In the image above, while the ocean waves create a continuum of layers, a lone shrimp boat sails along the horizon.  Heading home or furthering its quest, in either case the crew is surely in for a long and lonely night. 



“The most memorable photos are layered, in good light, and have something really interesting going on.”

Joel Sartore

Drama developed across the sea as storm clouds gathered in the distance. Fortunately, they stayed where they were and their only impact on our area was some additional interest rather than a change in the weather. 

SEA OATS, SUNSET, Kiawah Island


There’s a magical layer of love that’s laced, designed to take us to a higher place.”

Bootsy Collins

Back on shore, sea oats blew gently in the breeze as the sky continued to display a palette any artist would envy. Warm, balmy temperatures combined with the gentle wind to create perfect beach walk conditions. Ours was occasionally interrupted by photography – patiently endured by my husband as always😊.

Moonlight over the ocean, Kiawah Island, ocean


The camera is a remarkable instrument. Saturate yourself with your subject, and the camera will all but take you by the hand and point the way.

Margaret Bourke-White


I’ll close with my final shot of the evening. The moon, just short of full, shone brightly across the waves. Just below, a shrimp boat cast a light within its glow. Here’s hoping your week has been equally lovely as fall continues to bless us with its beauty here in the US.  

Sincere thanks to Amy for her challenge this week – she, Patti, Ann-Christine and I look forward to seeing your responses. Please remember to link them to Amy’s original post here, and to tag them with our Lens-Artists tag.








141 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #68 – LAYERED

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  3. Layers on the ocean – nothing like it. Especially as the sun is setting. These are just stunning – makes me want to visit there, but I don’t have to as your photos transport! 🙂

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