Shells Big and Small. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl

June 29, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

Shells Big and Small

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Shells Big and Small 20220618 850_9538Shells Big and SmallBig and small Quahog Shells at Aguntang Brook in Narragansett, Rhode Island

Carrying The Tide

Carrying The Tide 20220618 850_9524Carrying The TideA Quahog shell carrying the water of the tide at Aguntang Brook in Narragansett, Rhode Island

I have spent some time talking about quahog shells and their relationship to wampum. Those were discussions of what we do with shells and what shells mean.

My conclusion about the shells combines concepts. I photograph the shells because of their stories. Finding a shell on the shore is like finding a precious gem to me. It has beautiful color and texture, and it has wonder. In the wonder and little pools of water in shells we find stories of sunshine, wind, and tide.

The stories of the shells combine into many tales. In all eventuality, they become their own tome. And for me, that means that they tell the story of life beneath the sands and then in the tidal current. And that is a story worth recording and telling.

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