1. "The sea is near my house. If the wind isn’t blowing in it takes me less then 20 minutes on bicycle to reach it.

    Unlike the subjects for my portraits the sea has always plenty of time. It never comments, is never unwilling, has no retouche demands. Only one thing, It just can’t sit still. Everything moves, all the time. Even the clouds on their way to somewhere don’t pause.

    I shoot these seascapes on film with a pinhole camera. It’s aperture is F235. On a bright day that can still result in an exposure time of one second and when cloudy exposure times rapidly increase.”

    Gregor Servais on his photographic study of the sea through a pinhole camera

  2. Joni Sternbach's photographic portraits of surf and surfers

    "Returning year after year to the same location has led me to examine the juncture between land and sea, exploring subject matter in a constant state of transition. Surfers are an integral part of this liminal state. I am fascinated by the physical and poetic way that they inhabit America’s watery landscapes."
    —artist’s statement from SurfLand

    "The ocean portraits are as much about the process of making them as they are about the result. I stand out there on the bluffs or at the edge of the shore with a dark cloth over my head that is attached to the camera and basically let the picture take itself. Galvanized by memory and drawings of the sea it is precisely this played-out subject matter — this already existing theater — that captivates me. It is the familiarity which intrigues me. Drained it remains a surface, a skin, a blank screen on which I can project an array of emotions."
    —artist’s statement from Ocean Details

  3. From home to home

    Egegik to Homer via the Kvichak River, Nakeen Cannery, the braids, Igiugig, Lake Iliamna, Big Mountain, Leon Bay, Squirrel Islands, Pile Bay, the haul road, Williamsport, Mount St. Augustine, Iniskin Bay, Cook Inlet, Seldovia, and Kachemak Bay 

  4. Flying to Bristol Bay tomorrow for another season of this.

    EPA Draft Watershed Assessment public comment period extended to June 30.

    Pebble Mine is the largest proposed open pit mine in North America, proposed to be dug out at the headwaters of the Nushagak and Kvichak Rivers in an area where the land is like a sponge and water moves through everything. The rivers and lakes of this region host the largest run of wild, sustainable sockeye salmon in the world. The salmon bring together thousands of fishermen and processors from all walks of life and all regions of the world to migrate together in the rush from deep salt seas to the muddy, tidal rivers. Salmon in this region is economy, food, but it is also spirit. For local Alaska Natives who rely most on the red flesh of dried, canned, smoked and frozen sockeye for winter sustenance, subsistence is not a way of life, but is life. Pebble proposes not only the largest open pit mine in North America, but the largest dam in the world, and requires that the toxic mine tailings be stored in perpetuity … in a seismic zone in remote Alaska where a failure could compromise the salmon’s hatchery habitats potentially forever. 

    Read the draft and them why it’s important to keep the waters in Bristol Bay clean, the salmon healthy, the people fed and the land responsibly managed here

  5. ocean photo references

    Aquashot stock photos

  6. photos from a friend

    "potyard, Unalaska Island
    views from the wheelhouse,
    the sea.”

  7. beach finds:

    iceberg, salmon spine, coal, feather and cottonwood

  8. The New Arctic

    a film about the changing Arctic:
    its ice, water, wildlife and human culture

    as told through an interview with scientist Kenneth Dunton
    and his aerial footage of the Arctic landscapes and seascapes

  9. timelapse video of a 2-month summer cruise aboard an icebreaker in the Antarctic
    by scientist/writer Cassandra Brooks

    Motion in Ice:

    "As ice crystals form on the sea’s surface, salts separate from the water, and create a dense brine, which sinks below the regular sea-water. The scientists studying the Antarctic seas are trying to understand how far down that water sinks, in the hopes of solving the mystery of where all that brine — "a vast submarine waterfall" — goes. "All the water in the bottom of every ocean around the globe has its start within six miles of the Antarctic continent," says NASA oceans scientists David Adamec in the NOVA documentary. If we’re to understand how a changing climate will play with that circulatory system, we need to first know how it works.

    Brooks says that people often ask her “why I would want to work in Antarctica — the windiest, driest, coldest continent on Earth.” She found her answer to that question in that first sunset. “These moments — humbled by the extreme elements and exhilarated by the sheer beauty of the place — here at the bottom of the world,” she writes, ”are like touching infinity.”



  10. "
Imagine a Carthage sown with salt, and all the sowers gone, and the seeds lain however long in the earth, till there rose finally in vegetable profusion leaves and trees of rime and brine. What flowering would there be in such a garden? Light would force each salt calyx to open in prisms, and to fruit heavily with bright globes of water–-peaches and grapes are little more than that, and where the world was salt there would be greater need of slaking. For need can blossom into all the compensations it requires. To crave and to have are as like as a thing and its shadow. For when does a berry break upon the tongue as sweetly as when one longs to taste it, and when is the taste refracted into so many hues and savors of ripeness and earth, and when do our senses know any thing so utterly as when we lack it? And here again is a foreshadowing–-the world will be made whole. For to wish for a hand on one’s hair is all but to feel it. So whatever we may lose, very craving gives it back to us again."

    Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping

    (via saltseer)

    (Source: salt-seer)