Matt Propert

freelance photo editor and photographer
   
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... MORE
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THE SEA IS CALM TONIGHT
Copyright Matt Propert 2022
Updated Aug 2017
Topics Beauty, Documentary, Emotion, Environment, Environmental, Fine Art, Happiness, Hope, Isolation, Landscape, Personal, Photography, Spirituality, Water
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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