Landscape photography gives me the opportunity to spend time outside connecting with nature and myself. This is my first solo show and a learning experience for me. A challenge for myself to push my artistic and personal boundaries.
In preparing the photographs for the show, I was particularly drawn to my seascapes. Having spent many years of my life on the ocean for work and pleasure I have a strong connection to the sea. Being at sea or along her shore is a homecoming and stirs strong feelings in me. This relationship impacted my editing choices for many of the photos in the show.
I often don’t download and review my photographs right away, I like the objectivity a little time gives me. My first review of my images is usually fairly quick - deleting the obvious, tagging ones of interest and processing my composite shots.
Slowly, over time I begin to edit individual photos, usually starting with those that I connect with the most. I revisit the photographs multiple times as my relationship with them develops.
A variety of software tools are used to repair flaws and establish the baseline tonal and colour values of the photograph. Finally, I add my artistic impression often combining multiple layers of the same print with different effects to create the final image.
As I worked with these photos I tried to capture the sense of peace I feel walking along a calm beach on a warm summers day. Or how storm waves crashing on the shore resonate through my entire body. In the stories attached to the prints, I share some of my thoughts and feelings about the scenes I’ve captured. Your life experiences may mean that you respond to them in a different way, I do hope you feel something when you view them.
Thank you for taking the time to review the show, I would appreciate any comments or feedback you would like to share.
Blessings on your life journey.
The wind was wild on this winter visit to The Hawk. Sand from the dunes hurled at me as I walked along the beach. The waves were short and choppy creating a line of foam along the edge of the water. The darkness and gloom stirred something deep inside me. The god rays in the distance shone the light of hope on this foreboding day.
There is nothing quite like being out in a storm by the ocean. I can feel the raw power of the waves crashing against the shore resonating through my entire body. Waves are magnificent during a storm and there are places along the coast where currents meet from opposing directions creating towers of water that shoot into the air. It seems as though the water is at war with itself.
I have spent many hours staring at the sea from a boat, looking across endless waves to the edge of the horizon. This simple life is a place of joy for me. The return to shore is marked by navigational buoys. It is a sign that the fathoms of water beneath me are giving way to the shore and marks the return to civilization.
Like many photographers, I’m often drawn to the warm beauty of the golden hour in the early morning and late evening. Every once in a while, I experience the mysterious l'heure bleue. The sun drops below the horizon and the indirect light takes on a deep blue hue as another day fades to black.
There are summer days along the coast when the sky is a masterpiece of clouds and the ocean is a Caribbean blue. These are the days that I love to walk with a friend down the coast, feel the sun on my face and breathe the ocean air. I can feel a sense of space filter through my body and mind to find stillness there.
One of the simple pleasures of landscape photography is spending time watching the natural world go through its rhythms. The more time I spend outside, the more amazing things I see. Some moments can only be captured in a memory. Gazing up at a surreal sky I have wondered if a photograph could convey my sense of awe about the world around me.
Solitude is an experience that I both seek and fear. To be alone, disconnected from the tribe is a risk lodged deep in my DNA. I also find peace in solitude, especially near the ocean shore where the sound of waves washes away my thoughts. My mind quiets and my senses come alive.
Waiting to Fly
Whenever I see a boat tied to a buoy, bobbing in the waves, I imagine that it is tugging at its tether trying to free itself from its bonds. So, once free, it can lift its wings and fly away. That freedom is what I experience in the moment when the engine shuts off, wind fills the sails and propels me across the waves.
End of the Day
I watch a fisherman tired from a long day at sea returning safely home in the early evening fog. No one sees the many moods of the ocean more than someone who works at sea. Calm waves can quickly turn into a tempest, in time and with patience, even the tempest calms once again.