Standing near the precipice of the raging Atlantic Ocean, nature and fine art photographer Dalton Portella captures the cinematic breaking of the monolithic waves of Montauk, New York. In the midst of a turbulent storm, the idyllic Hamptons destination is transformed into an alien landscape wherein terror and wonder become indistinguishable. With nary a surfer in sight, lightning and frothy white sea foam penetrate the darkened nighttime sky with piercing rays of light. Each image of Portella’s Perfect Storm Series is a masterful synthesis of various Montauk storms.
As in a great romantic painting by J.M.W. Turner, Portella’s ominous visions capture the divine in nature, rendering mankind defenseless and enraptured in the face of its sublime majesty. Born in Miami and raised in Brazil before moving to Montauk in 2001, Portella seems to speak the language of the water, following the flight of the soaring gulls as they journey just above the towering waves.
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