Black Sands is a series of photos that were taken in 2018 on the island of Sao Miguel, the largest of the Açores Islands off the coast of Portugal. It was a stormy afternoon and the wind was electric. My friend Patricia and I had just been to the incredible hot springs in Furnas, and stopped at an incredible coastal location close to Ponte Delgada. The sand was jet-black and we stripped off and jumped in to the water. What happened next felt like some kind of deep spiritual connection to this place. The photos were completely unplanned and we just felt so connected.
In Patricias own words, it felt like being reborn after a long time of hibernation. To discover oneself again during a painful healing process and the liberation that nature and taking time to heal can bring to the soul.
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