Waves in photography and paintings.
On a road trip to California in 1975 I was totally fascinated with the huge ocean waves in both Oregon and California. I wasted almost a complete roll of film on these waves and was extremely disappointed when I got the photos back; the waves that looked so huge in real life looked small and insignificant in the photos. So then I ended up painting my experience of them; these are three early paintings of waves done in thick watercolour.
The first image is of a beach in Oregon. This is a beach in California from the same trip. Another California beach. A ‘horoscope’ painting inspired by Cancer from the same time period that I called ‘Hearing the Moon and the Motion of the Ocean in a Shell’. Lately most of my wave images are photographs. I’ve since learned that to capture a wave and make it look big you need to use a telephoto lens and zoom in a lot. This is an exploration of the colour and the word ‘Seafoam’, edited in Photoshop.An attempt at capturing an abstract image of ocean spray at a local beach.‘Kerry’s Most Spectacular Cliffs’ (Ireland) run through the photo app Snapseed.Creating waves with some ‘accidental’ art.A former ‘Frites’ store in France, its windows blacked out with big brushy strokes of white paint inspired these ‘tsunami’ images. From my Dad’s Stories of Denmark in the 30s, his painting of a freak wave. “One stormy night we took off in the boat and when nearing Rudkoping harbour a freak wave swamped the boat. We stood in the wheelhouse and I said, who gets the life-belt and Johannes said, you do, I can not swim anyway, and he was white in the face. However the boat slowly popped back to the surface.”More of the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Liquid.