Matt Propert

freelance photographer and photo editor
   
THE SEA IS CALM TONIGHT
Location: Europe and USA
Nationality: USA
Biography: Matt Propert is a photographer and photo editor based out of the US and Europe. His photography has been shown in one-person exhibitions and published nationally and internationally. His work has been featured in many National Geographic books... read on
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THE SEA IS CALM TONIGHT
Credits: matt propert
Updated: 08/01/17
The Sea is Calm Tonight:

A ongoing meditation by the ocean informed by my desire to feel deeply and self discover through making photographs. I created this series along the central California coast during a three year period. The images are intended to suggest rather than explain. With this work I am interested in the observation and feeling of space as a subject as opposed to representation of objects. I am drawn to the mystery of the seascape and the pervading sense of the unknown. In this work I have used long exposures during both day and night, as well as double exposures. This poem by Tessho, written at the time of his death, conveys the feeling I have about these pictures and the act of standing next to the void and photographing:

Finally out of reach
No bondage, no dependency.
How calm the ocean,
Towering the void.
   
                     - Tessho

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