Nijinomatsubara is a site where nature and memory mingle in gusts of sand, tidal surges, and salt-laden wind. It is a social and natural history project constructed of photographs, panoramas, and postcards that try to tame or freeze the force of air-borne pine pollen.
In Nepal, sacred fossil ammonites are called shaligram. In Hindu and Buddhist ritual practice, shaligrams are divine beings, and intimate kin with families and worshippers. Geologically, shaligram ammonites are fossilized forms of prehistoric mollusks that lived in the shallows of the Tethys Sea between 400 million and 65 million years ago, where the Himalayas stand today. Finding sea fossils in the high Himalaya reveals the geological story of plate tectonics and continental drift. Spirituality and geology find different approaches to sacred meaning, between humankind, climatic forces, and topographic evolution.