During the late 16th century, physicians began affirming the healing powers of the ocean for everything from heatstroke to melancholy. Over the past six months, I have been struggling with a mysterious and debilitating illness off and on and have put this prescription to use.
The beach has been my refuge helping to ease my pain. I trek to the shore where the crowds don’t go, past the outflow of access points along the coast. Sunbathing and splashing in the shore break has become a new ritual for me and my family. I honestly don’t know how I would make it through these days without my isolated ocean intervals.
At times I will make photographs to capture the feeling I am experiencing there. But, the most invigorating practice is simply being in the sun and surf. Sometimes I find when I put my camera down to play and be in the moment, I gain a new perspective that influences the way I make new work.