There is something universally romantic and calming about the ocean despite its many moods. From calm to tempest, it has them all. The seas of the world, belong to no one. True neutral territory. The one place where some find their freedom.
There is something universally romantic and calming about the ocean despite its many moods. From calm to tempest, it has them all. Yet large bodies of water relax us. They take me somewhere else. "I often find myself sitting still on a rocky headland, happy to just sit and stare for hours. Often so engrossed in the view I forget to photograph." says Australian photographer Len Metcalf.
Photographing the ocean allows him plenty of scope to explore his favourite subject of negative space. "I love photographing nothing. The space between. The figure and the ground. I regularly put more emphasis on the ground. Loosing objects in those huge washes of space. A simple long exposure and the waves smooth out, and the water is gone, replaced by milky gentleness. A calmness. The power of the ocean can easily be tamed."
The seas of the world, belong to no one. True neutral territory. The one place where some find their freedom. They are romantic places, full of poetic nuances. A visual feast. A story of time worthy of consideration.
When the ocean meets the shore, there is huge strength. Such power. Intensity. It is here Metacal loves to play with his compositions. Going further away from the mundane scenic. He restlessly pursues an understanding of its power, its meaning, and its presence. In photographing the ocean, he finds his peace. And the meditative charachter of this monocrome body of work invites us to immerge in the same peace.