A close-up of the light patterns made by bioluminescence from algae. An abstract photo.

Rorschach | Del Mar

This is a close-up of the bioluminescent algae as it lights up the waves off the San Diego coast. The algae, or red tide, has bloomed in prior years, but I never saw multiple waves break and luminesce at the same time, usually it was just one wave very far out from shore which also made photography difficult.

I'm mesmerized by the patterns and shapes the algae make in the water. It's as if they are a message — sometimes I see shapes, other times they seem like brush strokes in a foreign language. I spent a few hours here shooting and watching this specific scene.

About the Prints

Available in the following sizes:

24 x 36 inches, edition of 15

30 x 45 inches, edition of 7

40 x 60 inches, edition of 3

Medium: Archival pigment print with acrylic facemount


This is a pigment print where the front has been directly mounted with an adhesive to a sheet of ultra clear, scratch resistant, and non-reflective acrylic glass. This process is known as face mounting. The acrylic captures light internally resulting in a display with incredible visual depth and vibrancy. With proper lighting, the acrylic print will appear to be back illuminated with the light emanating from the image itself. The print comes ready to hang with a hidden mount on the back that floats the print off the wall.

Please allow 4-5 weeks for production and delivery of your print. The prices include U.S. shipping, please contact me for international rates.