EARTHSCAPES by George Boutros

25% of proceeds benefit Trammell S. Crow’s EarthX, Earth Day

Sumba is an island in Eastern Indonesia characterized by its breathtaking natural beauty, with an environment that is still relatively unspoiled by man and civilization. I first visited Sumba thirteen years ago with my family, and have been back every year since. Sumba is the poorest Indonesian island, having been neglected by the central government, and is often referred to as the “Forgotten Island”. The Sumbanese people are some of the kindest and most hospitable and endearing human beings, with a very positive mindset despite the very harsh living conditions that they endure.
I am still in awe with its natural, pristine beauty every bit as much as I was the first time I visited the island which we now call home. Being an avid surfer, I am particularly mesmerized by the power of the ocean and its interaction with the land, which has inspired many of my pictures over the years. Taking aerial photographs with a drone provides a completely different and mind-boggling perspective. Nature truly is the supreme artist.
— George Boutros
 

ON THE EDGE

Limited to 10 pieces | Metallic print on acrylic | 27 x 48 inches | $2,250

"This is a picture of my wife paddling her surfboard on the edge of one of the reefs that we surf regularly in Sumba. The aerial shot allows you to understand the contours of the reef, its interaction with the ocean, and the multitude of elements that all have to come together like a perfectly choreographed play, for a wave to break and be rideable on a board. It is nothing short of a miracle. This picture also shows how small and irrelevant we are as all this comes together”.

 
 

 EROSION

Limited to 10 pieces | Metallic print on acrylic | 30 x 40 inches | $2,000 each

“This shows the wave action on the reef during a dropping tide. The grooves in the reef look like fingers and, during high tide, cause the waves to break in a certain pattern that is evident when surfing the reef. It is always fascinating to view from above the shape and contours of the reef that we surf.”

 
 

STORM

Limited to 10 pieces | Metallic print on acrylic | 30 x 40 inches | $2,000 each | #1/10 SOLD

“This picture also shows a wave breaking on a beach. The colors and pattern remind me of a brewing storm, viewed from outer space. You can sense the power of the wave even without a frame of reference for scale through the explosion in the middle, and the sense of motion and powerful draw in the back of the wave.”

 
 

COMING HOME

Limited to 10 pieces | Metallic print on acrylic | 30 x 40 inches | $2,000 each

“This is a picture of a flock of pelicans flying over kelp beds in Carmel, CA. I love the colors and perspective which can only be seen from above, and the sense of motion where it is unclear whether the birds, or kelp are moving, or maybe both.”

 
 

TURBULENCE

Limited to 10 pieces | Metallic print on acrylic | 27 x 48 inches | $2,250

“This picture shows the ocean trying to settle shortly after a wave broke until the next wave follows a few seconds later. I find this perpetual motion that transcends our notion of time totally fascinating.”  

 
 

TERRESTRIAL

Limited to 10 pieces | Metallic print on acrylic | 27 x 48 inches | $2,250

“This picture shows a wave breaking on a beach. Note the intense blue on the back of the wave, the sense of motion and power as it slams the shore, and the sand in the white water stirred by the wave action. The back of the wave looks like outer space, and the colors remind me of some of the colors of earth when viewed from space.”

 
 

HARVEST

Limited to 10 pieces | Metallic print on acrylic | 27 x 48 inches | $2,250

“This picture shows a Sumbanese family working in the rice fields. The Sumbanese people work extremely hard for their basic subsistence, and it is all too common to see very young children, as well as very old people, doing hard labor like carrying water over very long distances to their villages, plowing and planting rice fields, or harvesting them. Those fields are plowed by water buffalo that simply trample the mud. It is interesting to note that, were it not for the humans in the picture who provide a sense of scale, this could be a forest viewed from above instead of a rice field. The Sumbanese people live in great harmony with the land and the ocean which are both essential to their survival.“

 
 

SHATTERED

Limited to 10 pieces | Metallic print on acrylic | 27 x 48 inches | $2,250

“This is a picture of frozen water in Emerald Bay, in Lake Tahoe, CA. I spend a lot of time in Lake Tahoe which is one of the natural wonders of the world, and Emerald Bay is one of its most famous and beautiful areas, named after its emerald waters. Lake Tahoe very seldom freezes. This year was an exception.”

 
 

 

ABOUT GEORGE BOUTROS

George Boutros was born in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1960 and now works and resides in San Francisco. Currently, George is the CEO of Qatalyst Partners, a global independent investment bank that provides high impact strategic and financial advice to senior management and boards of established and emerging technology leaders. Besides his passion for work, George is an art collector and an avid outdoor man with a passion for nature. In his desire for balance and wanting to spend more time with his children, and his wife Danielle, George has taken his family on trips around the world. In his travels, George started his explorations in aerial photography, and has a particular fascination with the ocean and waves. The gallery is proud to present a selection of photographs curated by Christopher Martin.