Frozen Moments

Fossilised wormcasts found on Rottingdean beach.

Like empty shells, such casts are manifestations of absence. Something has passed through: brief, transient. Yet it makes a mark- the fact of its passing preserved in matter, its absence given form.

The worms that left these traces lived hundreds of millions years ago. Their absence is not only spatial but temporal, the faintest of echoes across the unimaginable vastness of deep black time.

These casts are residues of absence, washed up from the depths of prehistory. They are ghosts of ghosts.

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