If you are familiar with the musical work of The Waterboys you will have heard of their inspiring album called This Is The Sea – a collection of hauntingly beautiful tracks from the Irish band that has become a folk classic. The title of the album has given us inspiration for a showcase of some of our finest seascape prints that capture the beauty and raw power of the sea through the lens of the camera.
Our team of photographers have been drawn to the sea with the idea of capturing some of the sea’s essence in their photographic art. From long exposures that reveal a silky soft water to the crashing waves of the sometimes brutal sea. Sunsets and sunrises over the oceans are a popular form of print these days but there are so many more sides to the deep waters. Witness the dark Wild Seas print by Jonathan Chritchley or the 40 Knotts Westerly by Tim Wallace to see how scary and dark the seas can be. On the flip side is the relaxing beach scenes, the tranquil ocean fading into the distance, as seen in Peaceful II by Kathy White or Serenity by Pedro Bento.
Seascape prints are very popular and have taken off over the last few years thanks to the great results photographers can now get. Often the rise early in the morning to reach a beach which is empty, setting themselves up under cover of darkness in time to capture the first rays of the new day. We have often commented on our photographer’s pictures and they have said more than once how wet and cold they got trying to photograph the scene, usually by the tide coming in and soaking their feet and tripod! The pictures of seascapes we see today have so much detail that we can enlarge them for huge canvas and acrylic prints without losing the essential detail, from the fine grains of sand to the pebbles and rocks along the shore.
Since time began, the sea has taken a hold on the human mind, drawing us to its mysterious depths and the dreams of what may lie beyond the horizon. Three-quarters of the planet’s mass is water. We have only touched the surface of what is out there, like exploring an alien world. The creatures that exist deep in the ocean are like none we have seen before, or even imagined. This is the sea. We holiday next to it. We dip our toes in it. We even swim in it. But we can only touch the very edges of the vastness of the oceans. What lies below, within, is saved for our imagination. beguiling as it may sound, this is the way it is meant to be. We walk on land, separate.
All our seascape art is available on canvas, acrylic or poster print. Take a look at our images and let your mind open across the vastness of the sea…
Jason Wickens wrote this article for Fotoviva Art Prints.