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Reflections on a new seascape by natural fine art photographer, Matt Wain

Natural fine digital artist, Matt Wain, has created this new seascape to help us reconnect with nature. Matt helps us see beneath the surface of a usual frame of reference and gives us a fresh perspective. He helps us imagine his point of view and experience in creating the image.

I’m always thirsty to see new things and interpret them in ways that speak to me and cause me to reflect, feel and spark a memory. And sometimes that’s plenty to fill our senses. I’ve been wondering about the saying‘I don’t know much about art, but I know what I like’. Does it mean ‘I only like what I know’ – or ‘I don’t care that I don’t know, I’m going to give my opinion’ - a defensive dismissal of the art world and understanding of art? I’m not convinced being able to appreciate art necessarily makes you like it more – or that liking art gives it more merit as art.

Perhaps it’s a pre-emptive ‘I’m about to give an opinion, please don’t judge me’. The art world can be hyper-critical. Mark Twain said something along the lines of “it is a gratification to me to know that I am ignorant of art, because people who understand art find nothing in pictures but blemishes”.

It could be a truly self-effacing statement, acknowledging you don’t know much about art, you’re just happy to have found something you like. You don’t know why you like it; you just do. You can enjoy it for the aesthetic pleasure it brings, here and now. Keeping an open mind helps us engage with a piece of art and we can interpret it in ways meaningful to us.

This new seascape transports me to the ocean, birds wheel overhead. does the sunlight sparkle on the surface, or is it gleaming phosphorescence, or the light of a billion stars reflected. It can be any or all of these for me, and I know I like it!

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