PATSEE OBER PHOTOGRAPHY
The mission of my photography is to capture in coastal tide pools and in the underwater environment, rarely seen moments in time. The ideal here is to have an image flip from realism, photo-realism…to an abstract image, imagined but very real.
The ocean has always been an inspiring companion of mine; I am a lifelong sailor, swimmer and surfer and being in the ocean stirs up a soulful feeling of joy and wonder in me. Living at the beach I look at the water as a magic mirror with all it’s reflections of light and color, above and below the surface. Looking down through that magic mirror, I take my camera down under to recapture and offer that experience to others in the language of my tide pool photography.
One image may be of purple sea urchins that present microscopic tendrils, another the panoramic colors of a luscious sea anemone lit up by sun beams. Perhaps an unseen sculpin fish will dash before my lens just before the shutter clicks. Yes, many photobombers cruise the tide pools! Whatever the tide pool holds, my camera and I work together to manifest this underwater world, to evoke emotions and stir up unexpected feelings.
We bring to light images that many have never been seen before, even by me.
Patsee Ober Photography is based out of Laguna Beach, CA. I have been creating these photographs for almost half a decade. While I mainly photograph the tide pools of the Laguna Beach coastline, there are no limits. One of my goals is to photograph tide pools around the world.
There is no manipulation of these images on the computer or a darkroom. They are what my eye discovers and my camera captures. This sea life of shapes, colors and forms amazes and astounds me as they appear in my work. My intention has always been to explore these tide pools, not to alter them. I work to find the right camera angle from which the inhabitants and the environment can be the most they can be – whatever that is! The intimacy of the tide pools allows me to explore space, angles, reflections and light as they constantly change with the tide, currents and orbit of the sun.
As an ocean person, my concern with saving our oceans is personal and vital to our environment. As an underwater/tide pool photographer, I become a representative for these saltwater inhabitants, and a spokesperson for saving their abstract cosmos by showing the world how life can be, beneath the sea, in a tide pool of reflections and light.
Laguna Beach, CA
Artist Profile Video for Sawdust Art Festival / Patsee Ober... Thanks to Cory Sparkuhl and Sparkle Films for producing this video!!
I want to thank the Laguna Beach Magazine for their fantabulous article they recently wrote about me, (pg. 42-44) check it out!
You can find me at the Laguna Craft Guild this spring. A group of Sawdust Artists will be displaying their art for sale and we are next to the Main Beach Lifeguard Tower at Main Beach!
Sea me next summer at the Laguna Sawdust Art Festival 2019 from July through August. Our theme this summer will be 'Expect the Unexpected'. This is going to be an awesome season!
I will be in the Sea of Cortez early spring, so keep your eyes open for a whole new world of underwater photos that I will be posting!