Abstract Water Photography

Many people have asked me if the abstract water photography prints actually are photographs, and yes, they are! The ever-morphing patterns are created when the combination of reflections and movement of the water is just right, and then I add a bit of magic to be able to present them the way I see them. 🙂

Mid Century Modern No. 3 Abstract water photography art print by Cattie Coyle
Mid Century Modern No. 3

In a way, this project begun when I was maybe 5 or 6 years old, and I partly have my horrible eyesight to thank for it (more about how that made me pick up photography on my about page). I’m explaining this the way I am able to explain it today; back then it wasn’t something I consciously thought about or did, it was just my way of seeing.

We lived on an island and the ocean was a huge part of my life. At some point, I realized that looking at water was extremely soothing and relaxing. I also found that when you “disconnect” the analytical part of your brain, stop thinking, and just let your eyes rest on something without really looking at it, magic happens. In that calm, meditative, dreamlike state, a shift takes place, and you start to see things differently. It’s almost like flicking a switch in your brain to another way of seeing.

Water No. 1 Abstract Water Photography Art Print by Cattie Coyle

The water patterns came to me quite by chance. I used to sit in the front of my parents’ motorboat as we were traveling to different islands, enjoying the rush of the speed, and staring at the water below as it was flying by. I wasn’t looking at it, I was just gazing, letting every thought go, living completely in that moment and allowing the water to hypnotize me. In that state of calm euphoria, things started to happen. The water changed. Shapes appeared, patterns emerged, and like in a rapid light show, I was presented with an entire hidden world of wonders.

Face of the Waters No 2 Large abstract water photography art print by Cattie Coyle Photography
Face of the Waters No. 2

You always assume that people see things the same way you do, but that’s not always the case. It eventually dawned on me that not everyone looks at water this way. So for the past few years, I have been on a personal treasure hunt to capture these fleeting moments of magic, to be able to share them with others.

So much came out of this project that I created several separate series of images. To see them all, please visit the abstract prints collection on my website.

Life No 2 Teal Wall Art by Cattie Coyle Photography
Life No. 2





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