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CHAPTER BEACHES

Boundaries Walking

by Bridget Tipton Khue Trinh Yi Yang


The photography project is taken place in Florence, Italy. It aims to give an unconventional vision of the beach along the Arno River. The beach is the moment when the water interacts with the land, where the city is overcome by the river and nature prevails. The urban hustle is calmed by the stable rhythm of the current. The beach edge is the formless boundary dividing, while connecting, water and city. The beach as the boundary between river and city is not just a separation point, but also a connection as it passes through other towns, countryside, and bridges, which links the spirit of the city together and connects it to a larger system. Each beach is distinct, as are the access pathways to them. Walking to each beach brings about a different experience of the city and of the river. The selected beaches on the Arno are unique in character. Each beach is made up of different materials; sand, stone, and rock. The materials affect the way people interact in the space and the type of activities that can take place. As people’s activities change, the beach offers a different character back to the city. In this season, the beach has a sense of abandonment. The beach affords an opportunity to be in the city but apart from it. This is a place of tranquility and solitude.


Beaches | Arno River  

A photography project capturing different perspectives of beaches along the Arno River | Florence, Italy

Beaches | Arno River  

A photography project capturing different perspectives of beaches along the Arno River | Florence, Italy

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