Fuel your wanderlust with intoxicating images created by these 3 ocean photographers from far-flung places around the world. From Italy to Australia, each captures the awe-inspiring natural world at its finest.
Australia-based artist Luke Shadbolt explores the sublime in environmental extremities with his ocean photography which has been shown in galleries throughout London, Berlin, and Australia. Shadbolt’s work “examines the duality and balance found in the natural world, the interconnection between elemental spheres and our place within the greater natural equilibrium.”
“I consider my relationship with the ocean as slightly obsessive. I’ve always felt most inspired surrounded by nature, but the ocean has a presence that is particularly distracting and intoxicating with its endless variables, especially during large swells. It almost seems as if the collective energy of the elements; wind, water, light, and their subsequent accumulation at the coastline, is a categorical attempt at drawing us back to the primordial source. Well, that’s how I feel about it anyway.”
“For as long as I can remember I’ve forged daily rituals around the ocean. Sitting on the nearby cliffs watching a winter storm front roll in from the south. The sea spray coming in almost horizontally off the backs of the waves, making any exposed surface sticky from the salty air. Late swims after the sun has set on a humid summer evening, a pastel gradient from peach to deep blue stretching up from the horizon. I’ve spent countless hours simply staring in awe at this natural phenomenon. As Don Delillo explains in his novel Point Omega, “The small moments you take to watch and let the mind wander are the culmination of a life lived. Of pure microscopic existence. One moment to another thought and recognition unrecognized.”
“I feel like immersing yourself in a large body of water is a pretty good answer to most of life’s problems.”
Photographer Cédric Dasesson’s work is an exploration of territory and its anthropic and natural dynamics. The Italy-based artist has exhibited around the world in cities like Paris and Milan and says his approach to photography has allowed him “to develop a process of investigation through tools and methods which lead to an absolute synthesis of the elements.” Working with cloudy skies, light sunsets, and sunrises, his serene photography describes Italy through the true lens of a local. “My photographic method looks at the sea in all its forms, whether that’s water sports, landscapes, description of coasts, underwater depths, or portraits. I’m formulating an atlas of everything that happens in the sea and describing the architecture of the place itself.” “The idea was born years ago when I looked at the work of other photographers featuring the place I call home. The photographs were over-saturated, they recognized Italy only for the “concept of beauty” and not a true description of the actual feeling and atmosphere of my home. From that moment, I made the decision to study what makes my photography and the way I live unique.” @cedricdasesson
Photographer Matt Gilligan documents the ocean from his hometown on the east coast of Australia – where he has his own gallery – capturing stormy seas, dolphins, and whales as they launch from the water, and waves in motion. “I find myself constantly drawn to the ocean. In a sense, you could say I’m a landscape photographer and my landscape is the sea. The ocean environment is constantly changing with so many different ways to explore the dynamic visuals that the ocean can create, like exploring the textures of the sea from small ripples to large surf, there are opportunities that will only happen once in front of you.” @mattgilliganphoto