If you’re looking for seascape photography that toes the line of abstraction in the same vein as Hiroshi Sugimoto, Kimberly Poppe is a great place to start. Poppe is a self-taught photographer whose images are an exploration of the colours and gradients we see in the ocean and horizon, creating a calming and almost meditative effect.
As one of the most beautiful and powerful forces of nature, the sea has long been a source of inspiration for artists of all kinds. Whether with a canvas and paintbrush or simply a quick shot on a smartphone, almost everyone has attempted to capture an image of the sea at some point. Seascape photography can leave distinct impressions on the viewer, transporting them to stormy oceans or quiet coves in an instant.
One of the most interesting artists working with seascape photography is Hiroshi Sugimoto, a Japanese photographer and architect. In the 1980s, Sugimoto began work on a series of black and white photos of the sea and its horizon, all cropped to exactly the same size and cut directly through the centre with the horizon line. The resulting series is dramatic and surprisingly abstract, with many of the photos resembling grayscale gradients rather than the sea itself.