Arne Naess, who first termed ‘Deep Ecology’, describes a unique heightened experience, where one feels a self-realisation that one is intrinsically connected to nature - ‘a feeling often called oceanic because many have had this feeling on the ocean’.
Oceanic: Swell attempts to address our subconscious and conscious fears of the wild by evoking the sublime in nature. The viewer is positioned at the base of the ocean’s swell, at the mercy of the water, with waves threatening to break and swallow the viewer. Ideas of fear and vulnerability are also stimulated in the Swell series by eliminating context through the absence of horizon, land and depth in the image. This distorts our sense of size, scale and gravity and creates an infinite space in the piece so that we feel and reflect upon our size in the world. The perspective presented in the Swell series is in contrast to the intimate viewpoint presented by the Keyhole, Horizon and Surface series.