Feet in the Sand

Marcus Bell

Coming soon, in the second half of 2024

“Feet In the Sand” is a visual journey that captures the unfiltered reality of individuals at the beach. It’s more than a picturesque scene, it’s a raw exposure of personal presence, a glimpse into the diverse stories that unfold as people place their feet in the sand.

Exhibition Opening times

Thursday – Friday 1 pm- 5 pm

Saturday – Sunday 11 am – 4 pm

Free entry




Feet in the Sand

An exhibition by Marcus Bell

The “Feet In the Sand” exhibition is currently being showcased at Leica Gallery Sydney, where it has captivated audiences for the past three months. We are thrilled to have the support of Leica and Ilford in bringing this exhibition to the Brisbane audience next.

This visual journey captures the unfiltered reality of individuals at the beach, revealing more than picturesque scenes—it’s a raw exposure of personal presence, offering a glimpse into diverse stories that unfold as people place their feet in the sand.

The series, soon making its way to Brisbane, delves deep into the dichotomy that emerges as humans co-opt spaces of natural beauty for their own pleasure. It reminds us that while the beach is idyllic and often associated with holidays and pleasure, it doesn’t release people from life’s chattels. The exhibition explores how the beach becomes a stage where relationships, personalities, and individual stories unfold, highlighting the complexities of human experiences against the backdrop of sun, sand, and sea.

The beach is a haven of relaxation or place of healing for some. For others it can represent an escape from the monotonous daily grind— a sanctuary where the rhythm of the waves releases tension and clears minds.

Yet, as feet sink into the sand, a paradox emerges. The beach, once a promised escape to nature, reveals itself as a different place. Despite the sun’s warm embrace, the monotony of urban life encroaches upon nature, and familiar devices control every movement. Placing feet in the sand becomes a transformative act—a realisation that, amidst the allure of sun, sand, and a gentle sea breeze, daily life remains unchanged.

As we endure long work hours and routine, the idealised beach escape, portrayed in billboards when navigating the daily work commute, becomes a place to look forward to, a place to escape, to forget everyday worries, and reconnect with nature, with others, with self.

Beyond the picturesque facade, beaches sometimes feel reserved for the stereotypically “beautiful people” — toned bodies basking in the sun. However, the reality is a diverse tapestry of exposed lives. Personalities, relationships, and individual choices are laid bare. It’s a condensed synopses of who people are – a theatre where, as clothes are stripped back, personalities are revealed.

As individuals’ step onto the beach, it becomes a moment of transition—a point where they shed the layers they hide behind, like de-robing before entering a sacred space. At this juncture, a sense of authenticity prevails.

The beach becomes not just a physical space but a symbolic one where individuals are laid bare, not merely in their choice of attire but in the essence of their personal presence. As the scenes unfold, we observe what people bring, their setups and actions. Every item they bring, the way they hold themselves, the space they select—all are open books, references to their lives behind the shoreline. Amidst activity, some flaunt their physical prowess, while others find solitude, embracing the moment, escaping to final chapters, or seemingly contemplating and confronting everyday problems as they walk the sealine and gaze at the horizon.

The beach becomes a paradox. As the omnipresent backdrop of urban living encroaches past the palm trees, some place their feet firmly in the sand, yet remain tethered, trapped by their devices, unable to disconnect. The pleasure of soft sand between toes is no more than a momentary escape from the possessions, the other people, and the worries that have trailed onto the beach from the buildings behind.

Looking from the shore to the skyline, the presence of seagulls presents a deeper meaning. Intelligent and resourceful, seagulls are known for their resilience and navigational abilities in an ever-changing, often stormy environment. Soaring high overhead, they represent freedom – rising above the day to day. Paradoxically, they are also known for their bickering and gluttony – and the distinctive footprints they leave on the sand. A symbolic parallel to human life on the beach?

In this visual symphony, “Feet In the Sand” captures the nuanced dance of lives, offering a raw and unfiltered portrayal of humanity on the beach. This collection delves into the complexities of the human experience, unravelling the stories hidden behind the allure of sun-soaked beaches. Through each photograph, a chronicle of humanity unfolds, inviting us to witness the raw, unfiltered beauty of life on the beach—the place where dreams and realities, nature and human life, converge.

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