Sea. What kind of emotions does the sea or ocean make you feel? Do you remember the first time you went in the water? Had a wave crash on you? Felt the sand burn your feet? Do you feel more peaceful around water? Do you hate the beach? What’s the most interesting thing about the sea for you?
I took this theme as a challenge to go out and shoot some new shots that reflect “sea”. Being far from the ocean here in Oklahoma, our “seas” are the wide open plains and grasslands. I call this shot “Haybergs,” hopefully suggesting a little bit of the feeling of openness and solitude one feels when standing on a secluded beach.
Yeah, that’s a bit of stretch for any real ocean/beach lovers who might be reading this. Work with me folks!
As you may know, I just returned from eight months of living/teaching on the north coast of Papua New Guinea. The ocean was literally less than 75 yards from my room at the school. However, I have to confess that the ocean has never touched me the way it does others. It’s too lonely for me, although there are times when a sense of solitude and oblivion can only be had when standing on a beach with the waves rolling in.
I much prefer the mountains which always seem full of life, full of potential, and the awesome touch of God. I like being able to totally immerse myself in it. Without always getting wet, that is! I do like taking photos of the ocean, though.
Here’s a montage of some of my shots from Papua New Guinea and New Zealand.