After years as a competitive spear fisherman, Mike Laptew was hooked by another calling. Upon buying an underwater camera around 1990, the Pawtucket, Rhode Island native was drawn in to what he calls a “love affair of capturing the moment.”
He started out alternating between motion pictures and still photography, but has focused on the latter since 2004. Sixteen fine art photographs depicting almost exclusively Long Island Sound and Block Island Sound seascapes—with a focus on flowing vegetation, rocky bottoms and such inhabitants as striped bass and blue crabs—are currently on display through October 5 at The White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton.
With his photographs ranging in size from 21 by 17 inches to 38 by 28 inches, Laptew shares the exhibition, his first, with artist Savio Mizzi’s featured paintings of sea creatures and underwater environments.