The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum is pleased to welcome its newest underwater photography exhibit, Sea of Light, featuring spectacular photos by Richard Salas. Shot with just two lights and his camera, Salas’ portraits connect local art lovers and nature enthusiasts with the amazing creatures found off our own Channel Islands.

Through his stunning photography Salas exposes viewers to new ways of connecting to his subjects so they too can feel the heartbeat of life underwater. Says Salas, “I am committed to using my art and technique to spark in others both a deep reverence and a sense of deep responsibility for the ocean and its creatures. My heart beats with love for the underwater world and its inhabitants.”

Salas received his formal education at Brooks Institute of Photography. After graduation, he was fortunate enough to be mentored by Ernie Brooks II, then president of Brooks Institute, and a legend in the world of underwater photography. Upon graduation and for the past 33 years, he has worked professionally in the commercial photography field. Salas has now given himself over to his passion for underwater photography, diving the islands along the Western coast of North America.

This beautiful and engaging exhibit will open May 14, in conjunction with the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum’s Sea Festival, and will be on display through September 2011.

For further information on this exhibit and the Sea Festival, visit


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