Doug Perrine captured these stunning photographs in the Maldives. The particular location (Vaadhoo Island) has a concentrated population of bioluminescent phytoplankton. Bioluminescence is a natural chemical reaction which occurs when a micro-organism in the water reacts with oxygen. When washed ashore by the tides, the phytoplankton’s chemical energy is turned into light energy, illuminating the waves.
Millet’s self-portrait at the age of about twenty-six connects him to advanced art circles in Paris, where he had arrived just three years before from his provincial home. His curled hair and velvet trimmed jacket were practically the uniform of the Romantic circle of French painters, who also favored the intensity of emotion conveyed by Millet’s dark gaze. With a confident hand, the young artist announces his serious intentions, as well as his burgeoning talent.