Shorelines: An Introduction

Edges have always compelled me to go and stand on them, even if they scare me. My favorite word is liminal (on the threshold, intermediate, transitional).

One question I’ve been asking myself lately is, Does a shoreline have to be a place of sand or mud, that is, where water meets land?

So what did I do? I went down to the river, but I had a hard time getting to the water from the River Market.

I think the picture below (looking west, toward the confluence of the Kaw/Kansas and Missouri Rivers) shows shorelines, but they have been constructed by humans. Or does it show mere edges? I guess I’ve always assumed shorelines were natural.

Here’s a way to get to the water.

But as you can see, the only way to get to the other side is by swimming, and the orange netting means this stairway was meant to be blocked.

I’ve been in Kansas City for two and a half years now, and lately I’ve been feeling restricted. Maybe I need to follow the advice on this hitching post.

If you’d like to see a few more of my images, please go to Society 6 or to Fine Art America.