Photographer Matt Burgess captures the arresting beauty of the open waters through his hypnotic ocean wave photography. Located in Victoria, Australia, he spends hours in the salty sea with its white-capped crests and swirling colors, documenting these mesmerizing moments that are now frozen in time. The results showcase the different “personalities” that the ocean has to offer; sometimes, the waters are relatively tranquil, and you can see far beyond its horizon onto dry land. In other instances, the atmosphere is contentious with crashing tides delivered with a breathtaking force.
Burgess shares a variety of shots on Instagram, and some of the most compelling compositions give us an up-close view of the water; it’s as if we were in the ocean alongside the photographer. These gorgeous images highlight the glass-like finish of a single wave. Its beautiful reflections transmit not only blues, but purple tones and the warm colors of the sun.
Over the past six years, Burgess has honed his eye for ocean photography and made it a ritual in his life. “One thing that draws me to the water most mornings before the sun rises,” he explains, “is the relationship between water and light.” For him, “there is no better way to start the day.”