Like I’ve previously mentioned, I love the sea. I was born and raised on the west coast of Canada, so going to the beach has been a staple activity of mine since I was a kid. Also, Ma is a sailor, and both of her parents were sailors so I feel like some of that love is in my bones. That’s probably why I have so many shots of the ocean and why I love photographing it so much. It’s very colourful, temperamental and unpredictable. Profoundly dramatic.
This is the Pacific from when Ma and I went to Ucluelet last year. We were both totally gobsmacked at the awesome power of the wild Pacific, the energy of the waves on the rocks, the sea spray, the colour of the sky reflected on the water. Also technically speaking, this was the point in the photography journey where I stopped relying on Canon’s fantastic “Creative Auto” setting and started shooting on Manuel so that I could learn “on the job” as it were about adjusting ISO and aperture.
Here is the Adriatic Sea from Zadar, Croatia’s Marine Organ. I love the way the water would climb up onto the concrete steps, splatter and retreat, different every time. No two waves are the same. The blazing red sun had just set leaving this pastel palette over the landscape. I laid flat on my belly to try and get as far down as I good, and I’m happy with how those other photographers are reflected in the puddle.
I love that the ocean also has reflecting power, sometimes glass, sometimes a funhouse mirror. I love that the Lions Gate Bridge’s string of lights is reflected in the harbour, and although slightly distorted, still beautiful. I feel like the Pacific Ocean here is mysterious, inky and secretive, not letting us know what is going on in its depths.