During the winter of 2013 I was in sort of a conceptual rut with my ocean photography. The inside barrel perspective had become banal to me. Every 14 year old with a gopro from Wrightsville Beach to Sydney, Australia was snagging epic barrel shots that just a year before required expensive cameras and waterproof housings.
My frustration ended abruptly on a trip to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. There, I found a very large canvas with fields of flat, solid color spread across and stained into the canvas. These abstract, symmetrical rectangular blocks of two to three opposing or contrasting complementary colors touched me and spoke to deep human emotions. Here, the color felt freed from the objective context and became the subject in itself. Shortly after this experience I said to myself, “these are the same visions I see in the ocean everyday!!”
Then and there, the “Rothko Project” was born and ever since I have been on the hunt for seascapes that hold strong emotions, both positive and negative, imbedded in large blocks of natural color. As this project is a work in progress, I invite you to view the images below as they are the start of my newest body of work inspired by the color field paintings of Mark Rothko.