“I was made with a heart of stone
To be broken
With one hard blow
I’ve seen the ocean
Break on the shore
Come together with no harm done…”
“Ocean Size”, Jane’s Addiction, lyrics by Perry Farrell
We find mystery in the dark of the forests, in the twinkling of the stars…but perhaps nothing so intrigues and mystifies us at once as the world’s plentiful oceans, in all their enigmatic vastness.
Photographer Bob Tabor (who was recently part of the inaugural show at the BlackBook Presents Gallery in DUMBO, Brooklyn) is also uniquely aware of their power to hold us visually rapt. In fact, he has devoted an entire new book to the subject, fittingly titled Splash (released through ACC Art Books). In it, he uses skillful cropping to create images that convey both the awesome power, and the ineffable beauty of the ocean. Waves seem to be dancing playfully on one page, and threatening ominously on yet another.
His camera captures that which our eyes could certainly never, considering the speed and relentlessness with which the ocean goes about its daily rhythms, in communion with the so many other equally powerful elements of nature.
We sat Tabor down to discuss his love/hate relationship with the sea, and how it made this stunning new book possible. His solo exhibition based on the book will open at the BlackBook Presents Gallery on April 17, on which date he will also be present for a special signing.