This series was born out of a desire to reconnect with myself. It is easy for a landscape photographer to take pictures of pretty things, defining the world around us, instead of the world within us. Longing for a change, I left for the coast. I escaped to the one place I could go where I can truly be myself.
My trips to the California coast are planned to occur during low tide at sunrise. I have always found morning light to be more attractive, lighting the water first instead of the sky, the ocean seems to come alive as it turns from black to grey to lavender and peach, then to blue. And low tide is most revealing. As the water retreats, the ocean exposes its mysteries to those who walk along the shore. When I walk out onto the beach, well before sunrise, I never know what I will find. But I do know that every one of these mornings of solitude brings me closer to who I really am.
These images are more about thought and feelings than ocean scenery. The ocean is a melting pot of emotions and this is what I hope to capture.
Kelli uses a medium format camera and develops all of her film by hand, two rolls at a time. The photographs are produced in a traditional wet darkroom. She colors each photograph by hand with colored pencils, resulting in truly unique imagery.
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