Hiroshi Sugimoto is one of my favorite photographers. While more people are drawn to the long exposures of living legend, Michael Kenna, Sugimoto’s work inspires me to think about long exposures more than just a technique. Sugimoto’s Seascapes series continues to be an inspiration, and it shouldn’t come as a surprise that his influence shows up in some of my photography.

A recent visit to the Ocean Beach resulted in this image which is my interpretation of the scene. I saw the dark sand, seaweed, the yellow sand, the white waves, and the gray skies and all I saw was a landscape. Mountains. Soft clouds and the sky. It wasn’t the reality that was interesting, but instead it was the fleeting idea of someplace.

Maybe, just maybe it is desire to not be in reality. Perhaps, it is time for me to move on from the landscape of the eye, to the vistas of the soul, visions of the mind. I don’t know why, but abstraction of reality is very much on my mind. Inspired by Sugimoto.

February 11, 2019, San Francisco

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