nothing to say but hallelujah


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nothing to say but hallelujah


18x12" / 45x32cm /A3+ 8-color archival giclée print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag®. There will be no watermark and it will be signed and dated by myself.

This is a unique art form using instruments and techniques developed by myself since 2000. You will not find anything like this anywhere else in the world. I also call it sand calligraphy or beach calligraphy. The letters and designs are carved directly into the sand and photographed before the ocean claims it.

ArtFire is the first avenue I have explored for selling prints online.

Inspiration/Story Behind This Product

Hebrew for hallelujah.
I carve this word often. The ocean makes me do it. In the words of Leonard Cohen: "And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah." Those who know me intimately will find it puzzling. I am certainly not your typical sceptic - I have too subtle a mind for that - but I do have a fraught relationship with God. To quote Leonard Cohen again: "It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah" and usually it's gone with the next wave but I'm likely to do it again.

Materials Used

beach, beach calligraphy instruments designed by myself, Nikon D80, Sigma 10-20mm lens

Product Attributes

Color: Blue

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First Item: $ 10.00
Additional Items: $ 0.00


Please contact me before placing a custom order so that I can assess the tide and weather conditions and give you an idea when the job can be done.

Please contact me if you would prefer smaller or larger sizes. Larger sizes are not printed in my own studio. As to smaller sizes, I am prepared to print and dispatch prints 12" / 32cm in the longest dimension and will only consider orders for smaller than that for quantities of 4 or more.

Payment is expected within 2 days.

All prints are signed by the artist. If you wish to have any other details, such as the title or date added, please don't hesitate to ask. I can also add a special message if you like. My signature will not appear large as it does on the screen previews of this gallery. It is only large on these previews to protect the images from misuse.

Returns postmarked to within a week of delivery will be replaced or refunded in full. Please contact me regarding any problems before returning an item.

- Orders are shipped within 3 days of receipt of payment, sooner if I'm not on the beach too much!
- Larger prints are posted in a tube via registered air mail.
You will be provided with a tracking number.
- ETA is one to two weeks depending how far off the beaten track you are.


*** Are your images Photoshopped? ***
No. The carving is done by hand, in the sand, using instruments and techniques I have developed. Of course, I do do things like cropping, adjusting of contrast, saturation, etc to bring out the best in the photograph. The most radical Photoshopping I do would be stuff like cloning out sensor dust or a piece of rubbish in the background, and an HDR merger of a bracketed image for a better saturated sky. The carving, however, is entirely natural.

*** Why are there no footprints? ***
I levitate. ;-) To be serious, its really quite basic and it would spoil it for you if I told you. Or should I say it would ruin our relationship!? :-) I use various techniques. One that I am prepared to divulge is that I allow the wind or water to work on the piece. If you look carefully at some of my pieces, you will see signs of slight disturbance in the sand showing where I stood. You will very seldom see a footprint. The difficult part is not avoiding footprints but getting the calligraphy right!

*** Where can I see more of your work? ***
- (printed, framed and dispatched by Imagekind)


Gingerscribe on Dec 4, 2011
5 stars

Magnificent. Really incredible. Wonderful interpretation, after excellent communication and his good advice! There are simply not enough words to describe the talent, skill, depth and patience of this artist. A man of integrity and truth. Tears of gratitude, Andrew. I am smiling through tears. Thank you again.
Gingerscribe on Dec 3, 2011
5 stars

Perfect in every way. Can't we leave extra stars???
lpm55 on Jun 29, 2010
5 stars

Andrew-- These images are just gorgeous, and perfect for my sister's wedding. Thank you so much for your work and your generosity-- I really appreciated both. LeeAnne
Clarabelle on Jan 21, 2010
5 stars

Absolutely beautiful pictures. Thank you so much Andrew. It is a truly wonderful wedding gift.
kimberjohnson on Jan 16, 2010
5 stars

This was a fantastic transaction. I found out about this early one morning and thought it would be the perfect gift for my daughter, unfortunately her birthday was coming up quick. I contacted Andrew and he was willing to help me out and get this done in time... I was able to give my daughter a truly special gift thanks to Andrew. I highly recommend him to anyone interested. Kimber

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