For the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the La Jolla / Riford Library will host an art exhibition to showcase the works of the San Diego Underwater Photographic Society. âAn Ocean Fantasyâ opens with a reception at 4 pm on Friday, October 29 at 7555 Draper Ave. and will be visible until Friday, December 31.
Seemingly closed, one of the library’s last exhibits before it closed in March 2020 was also an exhibition of works by the SDUPS.
âThe library and some members of the arts committee wanted to put on a show now that the library is open again,â said curator Diane Ryason. âThe last one was great, very well received, and everyone’s feedback was that the viewers enjoyed it. And it’s a different time now, a different climate. They are looking forward to it.
This exhibition includes photographs by Jack Der, Jami Feldman, Silvana Ghiu, Frankie Grant, Mike Poirier, Marla Matin, Dick Miller, Nanette Oselett, Greg Volger and Robert Yin.
âThere are incredible works by these artists,â Ryason said. âThere are photographers who are the new kids in the neighborhood. But there are others who have been doing it for a long time. They all go to the ocean, to places like Singapore and the Purple Coral Reef on Catalina Island. We don’t have that much color in the Pacific Ocean, so when you go to places like the Caribbean you get more colorful images, and it does. “
Images by Feldman, the president of SDUPS, depict marine life in La Jolla Shores, the Channel Islands and Cozumel, Mexico.
She said documenting life below the surface or at sea “is an interesting perspective that most people don’t see.”
âIt’s something completely magical that doesn’t exist on the surface,â she said. âIt makes you lose your breath. Most people go to the beach and love the crashing waves, but just off the coast we have several species of sharks that you can see underwater, octopus that bouncing and animals interacting.There is so much that you just don’t get to the surface.
In Feldman’s photo from Cozumel, which she submitted for the show, angelfish and turtles are seen interacting. âThis area is known for the currents and for the abundance of animals there,â she said. “It’s always great to be in another country and see interactions and animals that you don’t normally see.”
Documenting these interactions and creatures “is an adventure, it’s something new and special,” she said. âI feel like if I told people what I see when I dive, they wouldn’t believe me. It allows me to show them.
Feldman said many participating photographers had a love for the medium before they started diving and took up the challenge of combining the two.
âThe composition and the lighting are not the same as above the surface; he doesn’t play by the same rules, âFeldman said. âSome people don’t have the patience to learn and perfect it, but some of us are nerds who can’t get enough. But being able to share what we see and what we have been able to document is important to us.
Ryason agrees: âThere is a curiosity for what is in the ocean. You can jump in the waves, but you don’t see a lot of marine life. Without a photograph, you wouldn’t know what’s out there. It’s almost like you’re on a whole different planet. You are weightless when you dive, whether you are photographing or not. When you swim in a kelp forest, it’s like swimming in redwoods. In order for people to see some of these images, it gives them an idea of ââwhat the photographer is seeing. It opens the door to what lives in our ocean. I love this show because I [was a diver]and hopefully people who don’t dive get a share of that experience.
All the art will be for sale, with part of the profits going to library programs. To confirm visiting hours, call the library at (858) 552-1657. Learn more about lajollalibrary.org Where sdups.com. ??