This exhibit documents an extended study of life in the oceans of the Pacific Northwest. Below the austere coastal landscapes of Washington, Canada, and Alaska, there is another world. In the bitterly cold, nutrient-dense water, water that would kill an unprotected human in fifteen minutes, there is a diverse explosion of life. Salas captures each moment in a masterful frame, once again illuminating the depths of our planet, revealing new dimensions of beauty, and deep mystery. Salas has chosen a collection of quotations to illuminate the thoughtful, and some-times playful, emotional subtext of the images, and to express the subtleties of the interpersonal transactions he has with his subjects. The chosen quotes speak to an inner spark in all of us, and suggests that what makes us most human actually connects us to all life on earth. Richard’s passionate dedication to ocean conservation has only gained strength and definition with each year. A deep sense of connection comes through on each piece. “I want to show people how beautiful these animals are. Most people will never be able to see them, and I think that if they’re photographed beautifully, respectfully, and honestly, that people will start to think about them differently.” His deep bond to these animals fuels his determination to dedicate his life as an artist to their protection. The path forward is not only to better care for our mutual habitat, but to foster empathy and respect between the species.
The exhibit is presented as framed images behind glass.
Audiences: all ages
Participation fee: $4,500 USD, 12 week booking plus the cost of outbound shipping.
Contents: 10 large-scale, 40X32 framed images, 8 28X22 framed images, 8 12X12 framed images, 2 24X24 framed images artfully depicting various animals in their environment.
Size: Approx. 930 linear feet
Number of crates: 5 est. (approx. 1000 pounds)
Fee includes a lecture by Richard Salas (transportation additional)