Pacific Western Art: The Culture Of the Sea

Thoughts of the Pacific ocean tend to lead us to peaceful days at the beach, fun and recreation. While that's true, for many the sea is a source income, a matter of survival or a way of life. In this gallery we will share a small cross-section of the many ways the pacific affects us and the different interactions we have with the sea.                                                 

The image of " Max After Surfing" uses color and tone in a simplistic manner. Almost neutral in tone with a slight yellow hue lends the thought of a long day in the sun. The contrast of the tan skin and the darkness hiding the upper portion of the photo creates mystic but not emptiness.
This photo uses perspective to increase the appearance of movement. The lower angle and the high shutter speed captures the surfer and the resistance of the water wonderfully, drawing emphasis to the interaction of the surfboard cutting through the wave. The contrast of the dark water and the sun filled backdrop gives the rider an almost silhouetted look.
Unlike the previous image, this photo taken in the point of view of a bystander, shows how quickly things can become a matter of life or death. The photo is very powerful in the way it demonstrates the indifference of the ocean and the unforgiving power nature wields.
The black and white photo taken in the Marshall Islands at Bikini Atoll, demonstrates mankind's use of the ocean as a testbed for atomic weapon development. While this may be an impressive display of our destructive potential with the photos emphasis on the scope of the explosion, it is miniscule when compared to vast power of the ocean's ability.
In this underwater photo of a diver studying the reef at Bikini Atoll. Even though this area was heavily used as a testbed for early atomic weapons, we can see that life below the surface persisted and would recover and flourish. The movement of the eye toward the diver and his lifeline in this alien environment and the perspective of the reef giving emphasis to the divers foreign nature.
The classic image of the fisherman, shown here bedding down his craft after a day on the water. The drooping posture of the weary fisherman and the sagging of the sheets of the sail are repetitive, reflecting the day's exertions. The shape of the triangular mainsail, being the first focal point of emphasis before the fisherman directs the movement over the photo.
Here in this image, we see two surfcasters working the rocky coastline waters. Standing hip deep in the breakwater hoping for a catch. The space taken by the larger rocks in the foreground lends a sense of proportion to the scale of the terrain and the harshness of the environment.
This image of a take-out seafood restaurant rounds out the cycle for both the commercial and recreational ocean cultures. For some to deliver their product and others to consume it. The iconic vision of the restaurant by the sea resonates the oceanside culture.
This photo shows a group of people bound together by their individual love of the sea. The photographer's use of distance and the open space of the sky assists the eyes over each person as the movement takes us from the front lower third out toward the distant middle right of the photo. The vastness of the sky reflects the ocean's awe-inspiring size.
Here we see waverider using the power of the ocean for sport. The low perspective of the camera angle shows the full image of the surfer and share the emphasis toward the water. This photo is interesting as it captured more of the background wave and give more scale and a better sense of proportion.
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