The Heart of Art: Open Space

The sea as “boundless liquid energy” caught frame by frame.

The ocean will support, calm and cleanse; it can also crush, destroy and drown. Keegan Gibbs attempts to capture this complexity in his grainy, moving photographs of the sea. A surfer and photographer, Gibbs has a deep reverence for the ocean and its “boundless liquid energy.”

His images convey a range of emotions from pensive to energetic, but his intimate relationship with the sea stems from the balance it brings to his life:

“I go to the sea to surf, to bond with friends or to be alone, to let out aggression or to find inner peace. The moving ocean is my solid ground. The moment one stands up on a board, propelled by a wave racing across the sea, one is only aware of the present – nothing else. I have never found any other way to achieve that absolutely pure and meditative mindstate.”

Gibbs’ collection of images for Open Space, and some of his other pieces reflecting oceanic visions, can be seen on his blog here.

Editor’s note: This is the latest installment of Kim Derby’s new art series at EcoSalon, The Heart of Art. We heart art, and there’s nothing nicer than a midday dose to offer a moment of contemplation.

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One comment

  1. I like the technique used in these photos. It is like negative space in brand logos. Thanks for sharing. I like the first photo. Really soothing in the eyes.

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