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Photography from my soul...
The mission of my photography is to capture in coastal tide pools and 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 and US Coast Guard Merchant Mariner, swimmer and wave rider. Just 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 through that magic mirror, I take my camera down under to capture and offer my experience to others in the language of 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 every 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 this fall and winter at the Laguna Sawdust Marketplace 2020 through December 20, 2020. I will be showing in the galleriy along the south wall and in the green garden gallery bldg.,in the SW corner.
I was planning on taking a sailing adventure this spring in the Grenadines but it has been pushed up to October 2021. Can't wait to post new photos. I currently am exhibiting at the Long Beach Aquarium . All of my art shows have been canceled or rescheduled so I will keep you posted as to new dates. Stay healthy, wear a mask, have fun and do no harm.