These photographs record McLean's attempt to make paintings in which the landscape itself would take an active, creative role. In Seaskape he laid a 150-foot roll of sensitised paper on the shore, intending to 'let the sea make [a] mark, a perfect pure mark, over which I had little control'. However, the paper floated out to sea. For the Rock and Shoreskapes, he placed a 33-foot long sheet of white paper on the rocky shore and applied watercolour paint. Exposed to the elements, the paint ran, and the paper acquired numerous tears and stains.