“You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.”
– Rumi
`Oceanic` is a photographic series of urban waterscapes. Having lived most of my life near the water, a deep connection with this element has been formed. Scenes that combine landscapes with waterscapes are dear to my heart in a primal level, which also explains my attraction to the minimalist long exposure imagery of photographers like Michael Kenna, David Burdeny, and the plethora of other artists that comprise this expanding genre.
Arriving in places like New York, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, the new and unfamiliar instinctively is counterbalanced by the familiarity of the waterfront. Blurred waterscapes and moving skies meet building silhouettes and auxiliary structures in a merging dance between the perpetual and the ephemeral. As the shutter takes more time to let light in the sensor, so the photographer takes more time to get absorbed by the scene, and invites the viewer to have a similar visual experience.
When we put aside all the analyses and pause from all the search, we find what they refer in Zen as “the beginner`s mind”, a fresh look as if we just witnessed the wonders of this world. When all is said and done, comes a peaceful feeling of completion and the shear joy of being. When we momentarily drop all we know and the anxiety of the unknown, we can rest in “one taste”, in the unifying consciousness of signifier and signified. Images are part of a larger photographic project – `Integral Lens` – taken during a 5-month journey in United States awarded with the Fulbright Artist Scholarship between October 2015 and February 2016.
Inspired by American philosopher Ken Wilber, it aims to combine a respectful representation of exterior realities with a meaningful expression of our interiority. Choosing landmark locations unapologetic of their strong presence as well as more intimate spots of our urban life in which our daily memories are formed, is intended to share my enthusiasm for design and aesthetics, to contemplate on man`s symbiotic relationship with the material, and ultimately to trigger a more inspirational and uplifting sense for the built environment. 
Vol.1 of this collection can be viewed here:
Pygmalion Karatzas` website.
Cover photo: Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York © Pygmalion Karatzas 
Archisearch - Lower Manhattan, New York (c) Pygmalion KaratzasLOWER MANHATTAN, NEW YORK (C) PYGMALION KARATZAS
Archisearch - Manhattan Bridge, New York (c) Pygmalion KaratzasMANHATTAN BRIDGE, NEW YORK (C) PYGMALION KARATZAS
Archisearch - Holland Tunnel, New York (c) Pygmalion KaratzasHOLLAND TUNNEL, NEW YORK (C) PYGMALION KARATZAS
Archisearch - Chelsea Piers, New York (c) Pygmalion KaratzasCHELSEA PIERS, NEW YORK (C) PYGMALION KARATZAS
Archisearch - Bay Bridge, San Francisco (c) Pygmalion KaratzasBAY BRIDGE, SAN FRANCISCO (C) PYGMALION KARATZAS
Archisearch - Aquatic bay, San Francisco (c) Pygmalion Karatzas AQUATIC BAY, SAN FRANCISCO (C) PYGMALION KARATZAS
Archisearch - Lakefront trail, Chicago (c) Pygmalion KaratzasLAKEFRONT TRAIL, CHICAGO (C) PYGMALION KARATZAS
Archisearch - Fort Point, Boston (c) Pygmalion KaratzasFORT POINT, BOSTON (C) PYGMALION KARATZAS
Archisearch - MacArthur Causeway, Miami (c) Pygmalion KaratzasMACARTHUR CAUSEWAY, MIAMI (C) PYGMALION KARATZAS
Archisearch - Edgewater, Seattle (c) Pygmalion Karatzas EDGEWATER, SEATTLE (C) PYGMALION KARATZAS
Archisearch - Windriver Knoxville, Tennessee (c) Pygmalion Karatzas WINDRIVER KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE (C) PYGMALION KARATZAS
Archisearch - Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara (c) Pygmalion KaratzasSTEARNS WHARF, SANTA BARBARA (C) PYGMALION KARATZAS
Archisearch - Navy Pier, Chicago (c) Pygmalion KaratzasNAVY PIER, CHICAGO (C) PYGMALION KARATZAS
Archisearch - Zakim Memorial Bridge, Boston (c) Pygmalion KaratzasZAKIM MEMORIAL BRIDGE, BOSTON (C) PYGMALION KARATZAS
Archisearch - Bay Bridge, San Francisco (c) Pygmalion KaratzasBAY BRIDGE, SAN FRANCISCO (C) PYGMALION KARATZAS
Archisearch - Aquatic Pier, San Francisco (c) Pygmalion KaratzasAQUATIC PIER, SAN FRANCISCO (C) PYGMALION KARATZAS
Archisearch - Boathouse, Aquatic Bay, San Francisco (c) Pygmalion Karatzas BOATHOUSE, AQUATIC BAY, SAN FRANCISCO (C) PYGMALION KARATZAS
Archisearch - Lo Presti Park, Boston (c) Pygmalion KaratzasLO PRESTI PARK, BOSTON (C) PYGMALION KARATZAS
Archisearch - Maverick Landing, Boston (c) Pygmalion KaratzasMAVERICK LANDING, BOSTON (C) PYGMALION KARATZAS
Archisearch - Hudson River, New York (c) Pygmalion KaratzasHUDSON RIVER, NEW YORK (C) PYGMALION KARATZAS