Let’s Go Places: Sand Photographer

LEMOYNE, Pa. (WHTM) – At Burn 30 on Market Street, you’ll find a unique art display. At first glance you may think you are looking at pebbles or beads, but its something much smaller than that.

“This is what they walk on on the beach,” photographer Kurt Meyer said.

Meyer, of Mechanicsburg, started collecting sand as a hobby. He has more than 2,000 samples from around the world. He collected some himself and traded for others. About four years ago, he started taking pictures of his sand samples. He has taken more than 250 pictures.

“They are magnified 30 to 35 times,” he said. “It is pretty amazing what you start to find when you start to photograph and enlarge them: tube worms, purple sea urchin spines, calcified algae. It is just fascinating, the colors and the textures.”

Meyer uses a microscope to look at the sand, but he uses a regular camera to take the pictures.

“The lighting is difficult, so you have to have the right lighting, the right depth, and the right fine tuning. It takes me, from start to finish, maybe three or four hours to get a good picture,” he said.

Meyer sells some his pictures and also does custom work.

“If someone got married on a certain beach or took a special vacation somewhere that they really enjoyed, then I will do a custom piece for them,” he said.

Meyer’s work will be on display at Strawberry Square in Harrisburg from Jan. 2 to March 31.

To learn more, go to www.fineartofsand.com or www.tropicsofsand.com.



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