These photographs are a metaphor for our frenzied times combined with the profound solitude when one deeply contemplates the vastness of the ocean. At times, it’s dark and uncertain with glimmers of hope on the horizon. To capture the force and chaos of water, I wait for “contact moments” between waves and from waves to capture moments of uncertainty. The water, the planet, the surface, below the surface, and the photographer are all in motion.
Experiencing the beauty of nature requires solitude, even if you’re with someone. To photograph the ocean, is to appreciate it and an opportunity to be alone for reflection both during the capture and perhaps later viewing the image.
Taken on various coastlines throughout the Northeast, at times I am thigh-deep in cold water with the wind howling. It’s a bit ominous, unpredictable, and fun – much like daily life. It’s hard not to think about what’s beyond the wave, beyond the crash and below the surface. As a photographer or not, we need this kind of solitude to reflect on what’s beyond for ourselves and the planet.
Photographed on digital media, the Kinetic Solitude series consists of 60 photographs.