Hammond Raffetto Art



The helipad at the St. Regis, Bora Bora, sits on the eastern reef side.  It is surrounded by a large expanse of coral rock separated by a wall from a handful of land bungalows. These bungalows enjoy a lovely sunrise view of the ocean. The coral rock looks out over a wide shallows and then to the deep blue of the Pacific. The shallows are patrolled by juvenile black tip reef sharks, and dotted with small rocks, occasionally hunted by cranes. Here and there there are tidal inlets feeding the waters around the main island of Bora Bora. The strength of these small rivers ebbs and flows with the tide. I have spent many mornings here, wanting to capture the sense of primordial rhythm, the quiet roaring of the water, the revelation of dawn, the unreal color of life in Bora Bora. This piece feels like that, a long exposure transforming the water into a bolt of colorful turquoise linen beneath an intense sky.

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