Proteus is about change, and the “nearing tide” represents change – as the water reaches and draws it changes all beneath it, and this is what is happening to Stephen during the chapter – except the change is happening in his mind as his thought wanders and he comes to series of epiphanies about his life. So, the water is important to me, so I spent a bit of time getting it looking right. Here’s a video, note the sand beneath the water is sampled from photographs of Sandymount Strand, so it’s actually approaching a pretty good likeness of the tide of the beach itself.
In other news, myself and Barry have taken the next 12 days off our day jobs to finish Proteus in time for Bloomsday. We’ll be previewing it from 2pm in the James Joyce Centre in North Great Georges St. in Dublin.