Showcase 2021 Winner: Ian Frazier

Bio-Luminescence along the Southern California Coast, La Jolla, California, 2021 Showcase First Runner-Up, Scapes © Ian S. Frazier
“Bio-Luminescence along the Southern California Coast,” La Jolla, California, 2021 Showcase First Runner-Up, Scapes © Ian S. Frazier

Artist’s statement

I think it’s safe to say that 2020 was a rough year for everyone, and one that made many look inward to who and what are important to us.  For me, it was family and my love of nature.  There is comfort in knowing I can pick up a camera and escape into its beauty.  This photograph of San Diego’s bioluminescent bloom was from one of my first outings after the initial panic of lock down.  I had seen algae blooms before, but the intense blue glow of the crashing water felt as if I had stepped into a dream.  Although microscopic, the shear numbers of phytoplankton created an ephemeral dance of light among the darkened coast.  Standing in frigid water I felt a buzz of excitement.  Nature had found a new way to surprise me.  In that moment, with my eye to the camera, the stress of the world disappeared. 

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