Then the Wind Blew North Then the Wind Blew North “The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” - Jacques Cousteau. I'm not sure why but the ocean, with its ever-changing canvas effects me deeply. As a photographer, I am acutely interested in the way these vast bodies of water absorb and reflect light; the way wind and rain create texture on its surface. I’m mesmerized by the sea’s kaleidoscope of color. Then the Wind Blew North is a series of large-scale color photographs that explores atmospheric nuance in a swiftly changing environment. The photographs in this series were taken from a single vantage point on the Caribbean Sea over several days. The images shift between stillness and movement and pulses of time, with the intent of capturing ones visual curiosity and stirring the sub-conscious mind. While shooting, I discovered an inherent likeness, created within the camera, between the water and paintbrush strokes that compelled me to focus on the space between photography and painting. I chose to center the horizon, use a high key palette at times, and to consciously include the details captured from the falling rain as a means of defamiliarizing the landscape. By placing the images somewhere between abstraction and reality, my hope is that these simple elements connect the viewer with the innate power of nature and fill them with a sensation all their own. The photographs in this body of work were taken with a Hasselblad coupled with a digital back. They are available in three sizes - 30x40, 45x60 and 54x72 inches.