This latest work by Carlos Eyles is an incredible collection of hundreds of
all black and white, absolutely gorgeous underwater pictures.
It was my notion nearly twenty years ago to somehow express those elements
of magic which comprised the subtle ocean and which were first introduced to
me by the Hawaiians. (Lest I forget that it was the magic which stimulated my
sense of wonder and compelled me to seek out the ocean in the first place).
I realized that these elements could not be revealed in the sudden glare of
a flash, nor in color prints that deceive the eye into belief of the illusion
before it, nor for that matter, under the scrutiny of a close-up lens. I discovered
that if they were to be expressed at all, or even suggested in a picture, it
would be in the black and white photograph. For there, beneath the silver, surfacing
at the edge of black, the unnamed murmured ever so softly to the corners of
the mind. In the shadows of the black and white photograph lay the magic of
the ocean universe.
A mind can only be as healthy as the environment that surrounds it. And the
environment can only be as healthy as the minds that behold it.
Hawaiian born and raised, Carlos Eyles has been tentatively residing along
the California coast line for much of his adult life, including seven years
of sailing single-handed among the Islands of California. He has lived from
the sea, and recorded his experiences in books and photographs. Carlos also
travels extensively in the waters of Mexico and the South Pacific where he seeks
out the remote and idyllic, often spending up to sixth months at a time living
in his chosen paradise.