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I started this photographic seascape project in 1997. These expansive scenic views of bodies of water and clouds embodies a west pacific aesthetic. The strong color sense of traditional Mexican art is fused with the affinity for ordered formalities, repetition and patterns embedded within Japanese culture. The traditional western vanishing point perspective is combined with the Asian vertical format and the results are personal meditations on identity and beauty. The translucency and fields of color oscillating between reality and abstraction assert the meditative qualities.
The images are largely empty of human presence and seemingly transcends any socio-political matter with their universal language of air, water, and sun. The rich light and the tactility of the movement in the water and clouds physically draws in the viewer, but the course of the voyage is not predetermined. The connections only exist at the level of the viewer’s sense of peril. The images gives the illusion of seeing the surface of the water and the clouds from various angles simulateously intensify the grandeur of the views. These multiple foci also create a sense of slight disorientation and flux that stirres up the tranquility that exist in photographs of nature in the West coast tradition of transcendent landscape. The repetition of the vast seascapes gives the imagination no rest.