sets Wassmann's photography apart is not only
the spectacular locations that he chooses to
shoot but his keen eye for using composition
and color to lure the viewer into the scene.
Years of studying painting have given him a
different perspective on the photographic process.
"Talk about f-stops and shutter speeds
make my eyes glaze over, says the artist. I'm
only interested in the final image as seen by
the viewer. I use only the most basic techniques
to create my images. This attitude is not surprising
when you learn that his training was as a painter,
not a photographer, when in school at the Pennsylvania
Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. "It
was my search for spectacular compositions for
my paintings that led me to learn photography".
Wassmann has been privileged to sail on several
of the tall ships that frequent California waters
including the Swift of Ipswich, the Californian,
and the Pilgrim of Newport. He also served about
the Brig Pilgrim in a memorable trip to the
Channel Islands. Read about it in his article
week before the Mast."
growing collection of tall ship photography
has led to the creation of the Romance of the
Sea series of Limited Edition prints celebrating
the tall ships and the great age of sail.
Main Photography Site
of the Sea Collection