Circles in the Sand

Top Image © 2017/Signe Ann Thorsen Photography- Ann created this masterpiece using her iPhone!

Circles in the Sand is a sand labyrinth experience on the beach presented by Denny Dyke, Labyrinth artist. My group had the chance to watch and photograph these intricate designs created on the beach during the early morning. These are not just meant for looking but they are actual mazes that people are encouraged to walk through as a peaceful form of meditation.

What really stood out for me is that many of the helpers were up early on the beach raking these lines and following the pattern that the artist-Denny Dyke had scribed out for them. In doing so, they were enjoying the fresh air, sunshine and exercise! Many of them were so engrossed in what they were doing that I am sure they never even noticed how many steps or how hard they were raking in a criss-cross fashion. It was inspiring to see them working with smiles on their faces, not even realizing the benefits to their health.

Here are a few images that my clients created from the sand art. Next year Denny will create a unique design incorporating
“A Creative Adventure Photography by Denise Ippolito” into one of his sand art pieces, weather permitting-I can’t wait! A special thanks to Susan Dimock for getting this all put together for the group!

Image © 2017/Laurie Thomson Photography

Image © 2017/Laurie Thomson Photography

Image © 2017/Kathy Cochran Photography

Image © 2017/Kathy Cochran Photography

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15 Responses

  1. Andrea Boyle says:

    Lovely to see this as my wall calendar this year was sand-art! I need to go over to Bandon to see this! (I think he has a schedule on-line) Thanks Denise for showing us your workshop attendees captures!

    You are welcome Andrea!

  2. Evelyn Young says:

    This is so lovely and meditative. I am relaxed just looking at the pictures. Thanks for sharing Denise.

  3. Signe Ann Thorsen says:

    Thank you for featuring my iPhone photo of the sand art. I didn’t go down to the sand level, but my shot from above was captured when the fog lifted a bit. Seeing the creation of these labyrinths was really a treat for me. I had tried to see them on previous visits to Bandon, and not been successful, but this time I got to see two! BTW, the iPhone shot was with an SE, and automatic settings. It was a pano shot that I took through Light Room for some punching up. Your teaching inspiration on that trip was really great! Thank you!

    Hi Ann, you are most welcome, your shot is beautiful and the high perspective added the right touch! It was nice meeting you in Oregon 🙂

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