Ethridge began this project in 2006 after being intrigued by the emotional impact of living in his cabin on the shores of Hood Canal, an extremely active salt-water fjord in Washington State. The constant exposure to the sea created a state of relaxation, combined with heightened awareness and renewed energy, emotions captured in Ethridge’s work.
“Day after day, the more closely I watched, the more I realized how fleeting and momentary any particular combination of light, wind and waves could be. The more abstract the images became, the more clearly they touched a deep emotional chord. This work is not so much about what the sea looks like, but what it feels like.”
As the work evolved, the images coalesced into three distinct chapters: Genesis, in which raw elements seek to combine in new and unusual ways; Apocalypse, where the unrelenting forces of tide and wind drive the elements towards new heights and revelations; and Grace, a state of the calm which can only be fully appreciated after weathering the storm.