Dante and Neptune Meet for a Drink

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Abstract / California / Impressionism / Photo Log / Photography / Seascapes


August 15, 2020 — Sonoma Coast, California

Detail of a breaking wave. It’s cold, not hot. Photographer was ever virgilent.

(Nikon D500, Tamron 100–400mm f/4.5–6.3 Di VC USD. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.3; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)

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California based fine-art photographer featuring abstract, impressionist, and minimalist seascapes — near and distant — and floral-based images. Fine-art photography can be seen at www.amagaphoto.com All original images on this blog are copyright 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 Michael Scandling. All rights reserved. No images on this site may be copied, duplicated, reused, published, or re-purposed in any way without express permission from the copyright owner, Michael Scandling.


    • Thank you very much, Dina. This is a crop of a larger frame. In the summertime the ocean is calm, so you can’t get the “power and glory” wave shots — so I went for detail instead. It’s a different world.

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      • At the moment I’m diving into the world and works of Leon Spilliaert, love his moonlit beach. At first glance the colours may seem limited – and this is where it connects with your work – they become richer as the eye begin to appreciate the subtle difference in tones. Maybe not so much this one as the ones with a hint of Bruce Percy tonality.

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  1. This is fabulous, and I don’t know whether I’m more amazed by the title of the image. OK, the image. I like what you left in the picture – it has the messiness of the real world, not just perfect curls of water but dribs and drabs and splashes and everything else.

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    • Thank you very much. The title just came to me. It looked like hell, except it was wet. I actually removed some stuff to make the clean parts cleaner. But the drips and drabs on the bottom are exactly as they were. And the crashing waves at the top is exactly as it was.

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  2. Looking at this image brings back a different chapter in my life. It would make a perfect cover for a book about the Mesopotamian creation myth “Enuma Elish,” which some scholars think is reflected in the first story of creation in the Biblical Book of Genesis.

    “Enuma Elish” is quite a story. Two primeval gods — Apsu (representing the upper, fresh waters) and Tiamat (goddess of the lower, salt waters) — join their fluids to generate creation. Several other gods spring from their union, but Apsu is provoked to move against the younger gods. One learns of the plan, puts Apsu to sleep, and kills him.

    Persuaded to revenge for Apsu’s death, Tiamat creates an army of titanic monsters, and some of the other gods join her. The gods who oppose her tyranny elect a younger god named Marduk as their champion. In battle, he defeats Tiamat’s forces with a mighty wind, kills her, and forms the world from her corpse.

    It’s a little more complicated and more interesting than that, but the first thing I saw in your photo was the primordial power of both Apsu and Tiamat — the upper, fresh water, and the lower salt waters.

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