Ode to the Sea

Sea. Shorelines. Coast. A place that has always been closest to my heart. Even in my childhood I felt a great fascination with its infinite power and uncontrollable energy. Perhaps it is because I grew up in the country without an access to the coast, I developed this attraction. At the end of the day, they do say that we always want what we don’t have. However the love for the sea never left me, even after the move to England, the incredible island surrounded by water.

In my photographs I strive to capture the essence of the sea and its coastline. I love the experience of standing on the shore, taking in the moments defined by ever-changing weather conditions, times of the day and running tides. It makes me feel alive and gives me a sense of freedom. My images are based on my emotional response to this experience.

I have sea foam in my veins,
for I understand 
the language of waves.

Jean Cocteau

The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.

Jean Jacques Cousteau
While the sun and the rain live, these shall be;
Till a last wind's breath upon all these blowing
Roll the sea.

Algernon Charles Swinburne

Dawn is the time when nothing breathes, the hour of silence. Everything is transfixed, only the light moves.

Leonora Carrington

The sea is but another sky, 
The sky a sea as well, 
And which is earth, and which the heavens 
The eye can scarcely tell. 

Samuel Longfellow
smell the sea, and feel the sky 
let your soul and spirit fly, into the mystic...

Van Morrison

A fragrant breeze wandered up from the quiet sea, trailed along the beach, and drifted back to the sea again, wondering where to go next. On a mad impulse it went up to the beach again. It drifted back to sea.

Douglas Adams 
The soft-toned clock upon the stair chimed three -
Too sweet for sleep, too early yet to rise.
In restful peace I lay with half-closed eyes,
Watching the tender hours go dreamily;
The tide was flowing in; I heard the sea
Shivering along the sands; while yet the skies
Were dim, uncertain, as the light that lies
Beneath the fretwork of some wild-rose tree
Within the thicket gray. The chanticleer
Sent drowsy calls across the slumbrous air;
In solemn silence sweet it was to hear
My own heart beat … Then broad and deep and fair -
Trembling in its new birth from heaven’s womb -
One crimson shaft of dawn sank thro’ my room.

Ella Higginson

I find it incredibly amazing how at every sunset, the sky is a different shade. No cloud is ever in the same place. Each day is a new masterpiece. A new wonder. A new memory.

Sanober Khan
My soul is full of longing
for the secret of the sea,
and the heart of the great ocean
sends a thrilling pulse through me.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.

Oscar Wilde

And the sea will grant each man new hope and sleep brings dreams of home…

Christopher Columbus

The golden sea its mirror spreads 
Beneath the golden skies, 
And but a narrow strip between 
Of land and shadow lies. 

The cloud-like rocks, the rock-like clouds, 
Dissolved in glory float, 
And, midway of the radiant flood,
Hangs silently the boat. 

Samuel Longfellow

And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in.

Haruki Murakami
May your love for me be 
the scent of the evening sea
drifting in
through a quiet window
so i do not have to run
or chase or fall
... to feel you
all i have to do

Sanober Khan

To stand at the edge of the sea, to sense the ebb and flow of the tides, to feel the breath of a mist moving over a great salt marsh, to watch the flight of shore birds that have swept up and down the surf lines of the continents for untold thousands of years, to see the running of the old eels and the young shad to the sea, is to have knowledge of things that are as nearly eternal as any earthly life can be.

Rachel Carson