Vincent Chahley’s ‘Ocean Soul’ now at the Film Center

Winter Rock, Lucy Vincent Beach, 2014. — Photo by Vincent Chahley

The work of photographer Vincent Chahley is currently on display at the Feldman Family Artspace at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center. Mr. Chahley’s exhibit, titled “Ocean Soul,” features Island oceanscapes, and will have an opening reception on Thursday, Sept. 3.

Mr. Chahley is a Canadian who resides in Calgary, Alberta. The married father of two has had a career in the finance industry, and in addition to his passion for photography, he counts music, cycling, hockey, tennis, poker, music, food, and traveling among his loves. He took his first vacation on Martha’s Vineyard over 25 years ago, and it quickly became his favorite place to be.

“I especially like the Island’s unique combination of ocean and rural life. I love being near the sea — whether we are cycling up-Island, walking the Land Bank paths, going to the beach or just driving around with WMVY radio providing the soundtrack. Day-to-day life feels more personal here. It’s satisfying to get to know the people who grow your vegetables, raise the cattle/chickens/lamb, run the dairy, make your cheese, roast your coffee, cook your meals, catch your fish, knit your sweaters, pick your movies, play your music, create and sell your art. We enjoy coming to the Island at all times of the year, and find there is a unique and endearing character to all four seasons. Photography has allowed me to see and explore the Island in new ways, adding to the layers of what a special place this is.

“I have always felt a special attraction to the ocean and the soulfulness I feel when I am near the water. One of the joys of photography for me is that it brings me more often to the oceanside, especially to enjoy the unveiling of a sunrise, the peacefulness as it goes dark after a sunset, and the excitement and power of a winter storm. I always feel a sense of anticipation on arrival, and I am continually surprised at how different and unique the same beach can be from day to day and season to season. Many of my photos are taken with longer exposures in what seems like darkness, but where the camera amplifies the slivers of available light to paint a canvas. For each of my photos I can remember the sounds, the smells, the wind, the waves, my mood.”

Vincent Chahley’s “Ocean Soul” at the Feldman Family Artspace, through Sept. 20. Opening reception Thursday, Sept. 3, 5 to 6:30 pm. Mr. Chahley’s work can also be seen at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. For more information on the artist, visit