matt By: matt

if sand could outrun the sea (i think it might look like this)

I thought of this artsy title as I was making the sandman (my first life size sandman, by the way), but by the time I was done it was nearly pitch dark and the figure had sagged so much that it hardly looks like he's running anymore.

So, after all the work, I can't do much better than this image, sorry to say. Well, it was fun to make. I've got a triptych on how I made it at:

Automatt, Kramer and 27 more people faved this
  • Automatt PRO 9y

    So incredible! Here is a place for sandman to sit:
    Unassailable Seating
  • matt 9y

    Looks very comfortable automatt ;-)
  • tillysan 9y

    wow....beautiful sculpture!

    I found this photo in 1-2-3
  • Lenny&Meriel PRO 9y

    I like it, keep upthe good work.
  • Jarrad 9y

    That's amazing and I love the concept.
  • Jane 9y

    I'm giving a great big round of applause. Listen carefully enough and you might just hear it. This is incredible. Well done.
  • matt 9y

    Thanks everyone for the comments on this one - I was pretty nervous about this photo, since I was disappointed that this was the best representation of something I put so much work (well, fun work) into, so your words mean a lot to me - especially yours, Dancing Fish. So nice of you, as always.
    Hopefully I'll have a chance to make another sandcastle or two before the season ends, but the days are getting shorter and colder, so I think sandman 2 will have to wait until May or June.
  • matt 9y

    Thank you hoolypics. Yes, the photo has more a "they're coming for you Barbara" (ie. Night of the Living Dead) feel than the graceful sand runner that I hoped for, but there's always next time.
  • Musa78 9y

    your set on how to build a sandle castle is just great!!! thanks for sharing the process and these great results as well! :)
  • Lorraine Fortin 9y

    Just great! Almost surreal :)
  • 1blessedmom Photography 9y

    Excellent work!
    1-2-3 faves
  • Brad 9y

    The subject is sooo cool that the graininess of the photo adds to it.
  • matt 9y

    Thanks Musa78, lebellie4, 1blessedmom, and I_am_brad - glad all of you like it. I'm a bit embarrassed by how many people have passed through my "how to" set in recent days - never anticipated this much interest in sandcastles.
    Thanks also to for posting this one; I'm flattered that photography blogs have taken note of the sandman.
  • gebauer 9y

    That's really cool! I love it!
  • rolypoly_girl 9y

    So clever & such patience to work on it for so many hours!
  • matt 9y

    patience?! Something this fun requires very little patience. What I would give for 7 sunny hours on the beach today! Thanks for the nice comment.
  • Chris Thompson 8y

    Wow, that's just amazing!

    Seen in your sand castles set. (?)
  • J Mark Dodds PRO 8y

    It's great
  • ~ Life ~ 7y

    So this is where we all originated from! ;) Very cool work.
  • Michael Clark 6y

    Neat... i've blogged it here...
    Thanks for making it CCL!
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