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Infrared Silver Gelatin Darkroom Photography of a Crashing Ocean Wave and Rocks after Storm

"The Wave" is an Infrared silver gelatin photograph by Monterey, CA based artist Rachell Hester. This photograph measures 13.5"w x 10"h and masterfully captures the moment a wave comes into contact with a rock against a dramatic sky. 

Rachell uses a special filter on her camera in addition to infrared film. The filter allows her to capture wavelengths of infrared light invisible to the naked eye; resulting dreamlike textures of the spray caused by the impact of the wave. the misty surface of the water in the foreground, and a dark sky in the background.  


"The Wave" is offered in a custom contemporary black frame (wood) with an archival white mat and low-glare museum glass. The outside measurements are 21"w x 17"h.

The Wave - Rachell Hester

  • Rachell Hester is a painter and photographer based in Monterey, CA. The natural world is a pivotal force in her artwork. Rachell explores the wooded trails in Monterey County and the Big Sur coastline with her camera, often capturing vistas that are off-limits to most people. Using film photography and alternative processes such as solarization and infrared film, Rachell spends many hours in the darkroom controlling the development of a photograph. Through this intentional distortion, she creates haunting compositions depicting scenes and marine life abstractions that don't naturally exist.

    Hester holds an MFA from San José State University and a BA in Visual and Public Art from California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB). Hester maintains an art studio practice that focuses on both painting and darkroom photography. Hester has participated in many group and solo art shows, as well as community art projects. A selection of Hester’s artworks created in the CSU Summer Arts program were displayed in the CSU Chancellor's Office. Hester received two Weston Collective awards in the Roman Loranc Fine Art Photography category. In 2019, Hester’s film photography was displayed at the Pacific Grove Art Center in a solo show, Between Here and There. During her Master’s education, Hester was awarded the 2022 Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition in San Francisco at SOMArts Cultural Center. Hester held an Artist in Residence at the American Tin Cannery in Pacific Grove. Hester  was also a recipient of the Local Emerging Artist Program (LEAP) Grant from the Arts Council for Monterey County.

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