Monday, September 21, 2009

Onne van der Wal

From my review of Jamestown, Rhode Island, photographer Onne van der Wal’s exhibit at the Moses Brown School in Providence:
In Onne van der Wal's sailing photos, it seems the weather is always balmy and the golden sun always setting. The Jamestown resident's exhibit at Moses Brown School's Krause Gallery depicts a world that's forever at its endless summer, can't-get-any-better-than-this peak.

A bird's-eye-view shows two Farr 40s flying their spinnakers as they race with the wind at their backs in blue waters off Miami. One shot gazes down the wooden deck of the contemporary luxury cruising schooner as waves blur by (due to an extended exposure) as it sails toward the hilly coast of the French Riviera at sunset. Six 12-meter boats race off Newport, beating with their sails trimmed tightly in. The yachts are so dramatically close together and neatly staggered that it could be a dance number.
Read the rest here.

Onne van der Wal, Moses Brown School's Krause Gallery, 250 Lloyd Avenue, Providence, Sept. 8 to Oct. 2, 2009.

Pictured from top to bottom: Onne van der Wal, “Grenada Splash,” “Swimming in Tonga,” “Velsheda Bow,” and “Yellowfin Tuna.” All copyright Mr. Van der Wal.


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