EDITOR’S LETTER for Ocean Issue
Joseph Turner once said, “My job is to paint what I see, not what I know.” As a keen observer, Turner knew that to catch the moods of the sea, he had to depict the emotions human beings experienced when looking at it. He was fascinated by the play of light on water, by the radiance of skies and fires, by storms, and fog and the violent power of the sea. And yet, when we look at Turner’s masterpieces, we think that he had a special understanding of the ocean.
Ocean is one of the most ambivalent symbols in human culture. It teases imagination with its mysterious depth; it brings up the feeling of absence and some ancient, unconscious fear. We see its ceaseless movement, and we think of the ocean as a living creature. As Virginia Woolf wrote: “The wave paused, and then drew out again, sighing like a sleeper whose breath comes and goes unconsciously”.
In Issue Three of Aesthetist Mag we are trying to understand and to visualize the beauty and symbolism of the ocean. Aesthetic Study explores sea motifs in culture and literature. Our contributing photographers from different corners of the Earth share their vision of the sea. Texel island, Sardinia, Northern California, Belize, and Iceland – as the temperature of water changes, the colours are getting cooler and the rhythm of the waves slows down. We take a closer look at ocean creatures, examining their shapes and details and dive deeper to see the second largest coral reef system in the world.
Waves breaking white, the air fresh with sea salt.
Welcome to the Ocean Issue.