Initially presented as a series in book form, this series entitled ‘Sea Change’ was created as a homage to one of Britain’s most revered 19th century geologists: Charles Lyell. Author of ‘Principles of Geology,’ and well known for his development of stratigraphy theory, Lyell worked at a time when there was a great intellectual crisis. This crisis occurred between the acceptance of biblical doctrine on the history of the Earth and the emergence of new scientific theories that questioned this. Charles Lyell as a geologist was one of the first scientists to outwardly promote the idea that Earth’s age was over 300 million years old and not 6000 years as was previously accepted. Between Lyell’s work on stratigraphy and the perhaps the more commonly known theory of Evolution by Charles Darwin, humanities view of itself and its place in the universe was radically different by the end of the 19th Century than what it was at its beginning.
My inspiration for producing this book came from a little book called ‘The Observer’s Book of British Geology,” written by I.O.Evans. Given to me by my step grandfather Alfie, it is still one of my favourite possessions. As a child I always had a fascination with old books, their textures, smells and the seemingly weighty words they contained. The images contained in this book are my interpretations of the informative but texturally rich photographs that had inspired me when younger.