The sea at the center of a photographic exhibition

Over 60 maritime-themed photos are the subject of an exhibition by Paul Ellul currently on view at the Malta Society of Arts Art Galleries, Valletta. Title IMITARI MMXXIIthe exhibition is divided into four sections, capturing various forms of shipping, storms, long exposure coastlines as well as the industrial side of raw shipping and port facilities.

In the words of Ellul: “The exhibition is an attempt to help broaden people’s perspectives in the genre of maritime photography. With the name IMITARI MMXXII, which translates from Latin to English as IMAGES 2022, we wanted to arouse people’s curiosity by inviting the public to come in and take a closer look. Once visitors enter the galleries, the works immerse them in a new world, and we hope they take some of that world home to enhance their own space. This is the ultimate goal for us. »

Ellul has behind him a long and extensive experience in sailing and yachting and his works reflect his passion for the sea, water sports and the creation of compositions as well as the tenacity necessary to spend hours in solitude, whether he s either navigate or wait to click right formation of waves or clouds.

“I shoot with full-frame cameras and always invest in lenses because the images I want to create need to be captured in-camera in as much detail as possible,” Ellul explains of his methodology.

“It’s 95% of the work. Post-editing should be limited to a few touch-ups.

Some of Ellul’s favorite works adorning the walls of the Palazzo de La Salle are images of storms, with a particular long exposure of the port of Marsamxett, and some of the compositions of industrial maritime equipment.

“But, in reality, virtually all of the 28,000 images I’ve taken are like children, each born of a love that grew on stage or on location,” he confesses. “It’s quite funny how a relationship develops between a photographer and the images produced over time. At least, that’s how it goes in my little mind.

MSA President Adrian Mamo believes the show will appeal not only to photography enthusiasts, but also sea and sports enthusiasts: “Paul Ellul’s images capture precise moments that stop the clock. His photos allow viewers to let themselves swim in the thoughts that the sea evokes.

The photography exhibition is open at the Malta Society of Arts, Valletta until 27 February. Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. Admission is free subject to security measures related to COVID-19. For more information visit www.artsmalta.org/events.

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Tracey L. Sweeney