Academic journal article Social Alternatives

Textures of the Sea: Water and Waves

Academic journal article Social Alternatives

Textures of the Sea: Water and Waves

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Photography has the capacity to capture the immediate moment, the very essence of an event and of time past, never to be repeated. These images of water are fragments of real time, 'reality on pause mode', uploaded to the digital public domain where we can share the experience of waters' grace and vicissitude. These images, selected from a perpetual photographic journal, comprise a study of water ranging from freshwater ponds and lakes to the vast salty oceans. Photographed around the Sunshine Coast where I live in Queensland, Australia they represent water as a continual moving malleable physical structure, adapting to any shape and form. Through the lens of the camera, these images show the visual volume of waters' malleability as a 'motion captured'.

Unlike a movie camera, that can pan and record the atmosphere of a scene, the photograph falls short of expressing the totality of the whole view and experience. When viewing a still image, particularly images about nature, the audience understands that a sensory deprivation from the real occurs. My response to this challenge was to seek to imbue the image with the essence of my subjective experience to give the audience a sense of being there with me at that moment, at that time and in that place. …

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