With Oceana, I continue my investigation into ideas of transition and evolution. Water and the atmosphere are forever shifting, changing in both subtle and dramatic ways. My challenge has been to invoke these concepts of shifting time and space while evoking a more intuitive response to the sea. I am viewing the physical world itself with an understanding of its internal transformations and visible signs of upheaval. The images from Oceana are, at times, tumultuous, even stormy. They become painterly in an emotionally charged way--- not formally, but like the strokes of a brush. By recalling painterly vistas and historical canvases, these photographs get lost in time themselves. The photographic materials alone place the images in a contemporary realm; the subject, however, is timeless.
In these images, I explore the fundamental elements of the photograph while embracing a painterly aesthetic. The very components of light and time are integrated into the making of the image, as with any photograph. But in many of these images, especially the ones with moving water, I am less interested in stopping time than in evoking its variable nature. To do so, I build the image slowly by utilizing time and exposure to capture the movement of water over time and space. There is an ephemeral quality to the resulting images. And they seem to come into greater focus the further back you stand, like a pointillist painting or a panoramic vista.