Surf Vertical, San Mateo County, California by Minor White (1947)

The photograph “Surf Vertical, San Mateo County, California” was taken by the artist Minor White in the year 1947. The image presents a strong contrast between light and dark, capturing the dynamic motion of the surf. This black and white photo highlights the frothy texture of the sea as it crashes, with the foam creating intricate patterns that are set against a darker background, which could be either the water in shadow or the sky, depending on the perspective.

Despite being in black and white, the photograph shows a rich interplay of shades, with bright whites signifying the energetic splash of the waves and deeper blacks providing a sense of depth. The composition is vertical, emphasizing the uprising motion of the water. The overall effect is one of nature’s raw power and beauty, captured in a fleeting moment by a skilled photographer.

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