An Australian photographer named Matthew Burgess posted some of his work to Bored Panda, writing that he has been taking photos of the ocean for six years. You'd think that taking pictures of just one subject would get boring, but there is basically nothing as changing and variable as the sea, and his incredible body of work proves that:
To be honest, these are exactly the kind of photos I need when I'm feeling stressed out, sad, reflective, angry, or just feeling the need for beauty, and they're all on Burgess's Instagram account, if you want to see more of them. But here are some of my favorites, where he captures the close up sculptural details of the leaping waves, and also the more distant landscapes that show the shifting relationship between water and sky:
Didn't that make you feel calm? We're all just bubbles floating on top of the water; at least for the couple of minutes it takes me to scroll through these pics on my phone. Whoo-saaahhhh. Just breath in, and then out. Breathe in, and out. Maybe even start playing some ocean sounds while you're scrolling through these. Don't you feel a little better now? Isn't this better than a trip to the beach? You don't have to worry about sand, or the oppressive sun, or a bunch of morons clogging your space or looking for parking or cleaning the sand out of your shoes and butt-crack.
Matthew's achieved something few artists do: becoming a specialist in one thing. For him, it's the ocean and for years and years and years, he's managed to stay obsessed with a singular subject and keep creating new life in it. At the end of the day, isn't what our time on this planet is all about?
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