Jesse Boyd Reid’s photographs from ‘Searose’ confound me, defy all my expectations. Should they not be majestic and perfectly blue? No. Not here. Instead Reid has given us something new, something greater. He has expunged colour in favour of a tonal range of greys, has given us mystery and time to contemplate the delicate nature of light refracting through the water; the tidal force, the strength of the sun and the floor of the ocean all creating this powerful image of a shifting body of energy.
Reid has presented us with a monochrome universe that has its own time, form and space, a place in which we’re aliens out of control, submerged in a world of natural power that has no boundaries and cannot be controlled. There is a ferocity in these pictures, the people pushing up against a dynamic force that demands obedience, respect, if they’re to survive, enjoy, feel free within it’s infinite space. That’s the spirit in which Reid has plunged himself, into the depths of the ocean to explore, experiment and hope for an image that can capture the vitality of the Pacific.