Category Archives: Photo of the Month

Atacama Desert, Chile; By Allison Davies

Allison Davies Atacama

The driest desert in the world meets the ocean.

By © Allison Davies

This photograph was taken in April 2006 while exploring the Atacama desert, the driest desert in the world.

This coastal area is just south of Iquique, a beautiful city in the Tarapaca Region. The Atacama has a very complicated and rich history. Chile annexed parts after the War of the Pacific from Peru and Bolivia. In areas along and around the Pan-American Highway are abandoned nitrate mining towns as well as active copper mines.

The skies in this desert are the clearest and darkest in the world as well. Look up at night and you are truly a spec inside the Milky Way.

I alway use the Fuji 6×9 camera with a fixed 65mm lens.

Six Grains of Sand, Maui; By Dr. Gary Greenberg

grains of sand

The miracles of nature are tangible, and they can be seen directly through the microscope. The magnificence of nature lies in its consciousness. When we commune with nature, we become conscious of our connection with the universe.”

By © Dr. Gary Greenberg

A Grain of Sand – Nature’s Secret Wonder.
The Amazing Microphotography of Dr. Gary Greenberg.

Every grain of sand is a jewel waiting to be discovered. That’s what Dr. Gary Greenberg found when he first turned his microscope on beach sand. Author and photographer Dr. Gary Greenberg is a visual artist who creatively combines art with science.

Originally a photographer and filmmaker, at the age of 33 he moved from Los Angeles to London to earn a Ph.D. in biomedical research from University College London. Dr. Greenberg is currently the director of the Microscopy & Microanalysis Laboratory at the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy in Maui, HI.

Since 2001, Dr. Greenberg focuses his microscopes on common objects, such as grains of sand, flowers, and food. These everyday objects take on a new reality when magnified hundreds of times, revealing hidden and unexpected aspects of nature. Dr. Greenberg’s images of sand make us realize that as we walk along a beach we are strolling upon thousands of years of biological and geological history.

You will never look at a beach the same way again.

This picture represents Six Grains of Sands, from Maui.
Blue, Orange & Pink Sand Grains

The tip of a spiral shell has broken off and become a grain of sand. After being repeatedly tumbled by action of the surf this spiral sand grain has become opalescent in character. It is surrounded by bits of coral, shell, and volcanic material.

“The miracles of nature are tangible, and they can be seen directly through the microscope. The magnificence of nature lies in its consciousness. When we commune with nature, we become conscious of our connection with the universe.”

Midway Atoll, Northwestern End Of The Hawaiian Archipelago; By Chris Jordan

Chris Jordan Photography

Midway: Message from the Gyre (2009)

By © Chris Jordan, Photographic Arts

As my team and I prepare to travel back to Midway Atoll, I cannot help but note the macabre juxtaposition of the environmental disaster that is happening in the Pacific Ocean, with the one that is happening in the Gulf of Mexico. The two phenomena are oddly parallel, involving (among other grotesque features) the deaths of untold numbers of sea birds, caused by millions of tons of our petroleum products that have poured into the ocean via our collective negligence. And in each case the birds can be viewed as messengers, serving as one small warming signal of a much larger calamity, with global consequences, in which our individual consumer lifestyles are unavoidably complicit.

My friend the artist Richard Lang says the opposite of beauty is not ugliness, but indifference.

Mired, East Long Island; By Dalton Portella

Mired
Mired
48″ x 72″
Digital C-Print on Dibond
No Picnic Series

By © Dalton Portella

My process on the Picnic Table series and a lot of my other work is to create images that inspire thought. These images are created digitally, combining different images to create a story.

The winter shots capture the beauty and isolation and drama of life on the east end of Long Island. A view of the beach that the general public does not get to experience. My Montauk.

My concept is to challenge the definition of painting by blurring the distinctions of medium. By marrying different mediums, a metaphor emerges for what I see as necessary in order for our society to survive – the acceptance of differing philosophies. In art, the acceptance of new technologies and mediums is essential for innovation and growth.

With my art, I capture essence; the essence of places I’ve been, emotions I’ve felt and the subjects I paint and photograph. I portray the broad range of the human experience.

I use my art to demonstrate that all is connected. one piece will feed the next, common elements appear in a series, across a variety of mediums. A watercolor will turn into a digital piece, which will in turn become a work on canvas. A work on canvas will be combined with photography and transferred to paper where it will then be worked on with pastel, showing how a change in texture, composition, size, medium or the mark will change our response to the piece. This enables me to explore all the elements that I find important for my art, using all the tools at my disposal.

With this concept in mind, I create images that invite the viewer to trace the image’s origins and inspiration. I invite the viewer to follow the transformation of a watercolor to an oil painting to a digital piece. I invite them to conjure up their own interpretations. I don’t want to explain my personal view of a particular piece until they’ve explored their interpretation.

I want the work to provoke thought and evoke emotion.

Paddleout; By Lyndie Benson

POM Lyndie Benson

By © Lyndie Benson

Photographer Lyndie Benson is a contemporary photographer specializing in Fine Art photojournalistic portraiture-Her subjects range from natives from the Bush in Africa to People and places in India and beyond with special artistic forays in between such as the Nudes On Boulders series, where Lyndie set loose nude models on 30ft boulders from the river Quai in Thailand. She has done campaigns, album covers, editorial and special charity projects such as The Best Buddies Campaign pairing intellectually disabled people with Celebrities of Iconic Stature as well as Save The Elephants. However Lyndie loves the freedom of Photojournalistic Portraiture where a single shot can express so much about the subject, be it a person, animal or beach. A series based on a decade of photographs from a community in Malibu called THE POINT has special significance and is seeped in culture and history. “On any given day you may walk down to the beach and see someone surfing with their dog” Something you don’t normally see in other communities for sure.

In this shot entitled PADDLEOUT from that series depicts a community coming together in the love and support of one of its fallen members. On THE POINT when someone passes away the whole community paddles out into the ocean and makes a giant circle of love-holding hands and they toss flowers or in some cases ashes into the beloved sea. It is such a special and emotionally supportive community that shares both the love of the community as well as the Ocean and the beach that they call home.

The Beach, Drangsnes, Iceland; By Börkur Sigthorsson

Borkur Sigthorsson

By © Börkur Sigthorsson

Icelandic filmmaker and photographer, Börkur Sigthorsson has inspired the visions behind Nikita, Nike, Honda and numerous celebrity and fashion shoots, all while nurturing his personal artistic pursuits. In January 2010, Börkur made his long-awaited debut in the contemporary art world with Blythe Projects | Los Angeles in association with the MOCA Contemporaries. In his uniquely energetic and poignant style, Börkur reveals the deeper emotional and psychic landscape of his subjects.

The Beach series was shot on Drangsnes, a remote peninsula on the West Fjords of Iceland. Leaving Reykjavik on a borrowed bus, Borkur and his team of ten arrived on location at 3am. Fatigue and weather conditions promptly found the bus lodged in a ditch and the team decided to catch a few hours of sleep. Waking to wind and snow, Borkur could only shoot in short bursts before the young women turned purple. A geothermal pool was a fortunate discovery as it kept the team warm during the frigid shoot.

A local farmer was another fortunate break, as Borkur still had the bus and the treacherous mountain roads to contend with. Retrieving his tractor, the farmer pulled the bus from ditch and hauled it over the mountain pass to a herring factory that moonlighted as an inn. However, in the process both vehicles were severely damaged. Borkur, his team, the farmer and the innkeeper made the best of the situation with mounds of pasta and wine.

One year later, Borkur made his final payment toward damages on both vehicles. Six years later, Borkur unveiled The Beach.

Baldwin Beach, Hawaii; By Richard Renaldi

Baldwin Beach, Hawaii

By © Richard Renaldi

“What makes Baldwin Beach so special is not only the breathtaking views and sunset but also the locals that hang out there. It is not a flashy tourist destination but rather a small community beach. Many of the kids show up after school to surf, skateboard, smoke pot, flirt, and relax. It is this local flavor combined with the majestic Pacific that makes Baldwin Beach one of my favorites in Hawaii.”
—Richard Renadi

San Miguel Island, CA; By Bob Evans

San Miguel Island, CA

Point Bennett Sunset, San Miguel Island, California. Channel Islands National Park

By © Bob Evans

“When we raise the collective consciousness to understand our Oceans as a place of beauty and freedom, the change necessary to our own survival will result.” Bob Evans has dedicated his life to educating the public about our Oceans. Continuously published since he learned to free dive and purchased his first Nikonos in 1964. Bob Evans is also an accomplished marine inventor, holding over 33 patents on revolutionary fin designs. He is currently working on marine energy projects, including a ship hull and propulsion system that will revolutionize Ocean transport.

In his younger years, Bob was dropped off by the National Park Service on San Miguel Island, with a key that didn’t work to their camp storeroom. They forgot to pick him up. Bob was reduced to eating limpets and abalone from the tide pools, before he was able to flag down a fishing boat. He came away with some priceless photographs from the adventure, and this is one of them.