Given that 71% of the earths surface is covered in water and our oceans hold 96.5% of all of earths water the idea that the ocean is a mysterious and ominous place is fairly easy to understand, especially when you look at its often dramatic waves as photographed her by Australian photographer Luke Shadbolt.
As part of his latest series titled “Maelstrom,” the photographer explores the often hostile waters that occur around the time of the El Nino season. Not explaining the exact location of the shots you see below only adds to drama and universality of the photos.
“Maelstrom documents the duality of nature; creation and destruction in a single act. It is an exploration of the balance of light and dark inherent in nature, both on a physical and sociological level. In this new body of work, an astounding array of environmental factors align in a sudden, fleeting, chaotic event, to produce an oceanic force that is unmatchable in its primal ferocity,” Shadbolt explains on his website. You can see more of Shadbolt's work here.