I am not alone in feeling an elemental attraction to the sea. Spending time close to it is essential to many people. To hear the sounds, the smells, the atmosphere, the wind, to absorb the very essence of the sea, helps reset my inner being.
This is what I seek to evoke in the seascapes I capture, and the manner in which I capture them. I hope evoke the essential nature of water, the drama or the calmness, the infinite moods of its elusive character and the unlimited shades of colour and tone it shimmers with.
I find that sometimes the most satisfying way to show the coastlies and the seas is to stretch time, to average out a long moment, through the use of dark lens filters and long duration exposures, sometimes 30 seconds, other times up to 10 minutes.
I have spent countless years scuba diving, snorkelling and swimming in the Mediterranean sea – for 5 years I ran a scuba diving centre in the Aeolian Islands – and that quiet watery mystery and tranquility I have always endeavoured to capture in my images.
From the north of Scotland to southern Sicily, from cold steely grey to luminescent blues and greens, here are some of my most evocative images of the sea.
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