Art of the Matter


<strong>Seal Beach Stroll Through the Shallows</strong>

Seal Beach Stroll Through the Shallows

Marcus Bockman is a recent Cal State University Long Beach (CSULB) graduate of the journalism program, specializing in photography.
“Whether it be event photography, abstract photos of household items, ocean landscapes, or general/sports photojournalism, [photography] has always held a special place in my heart,” Bockman said. “I was initially in the art program at CSULB, aiming to earn a degree in photography. However, the very specific fine-arts focus of the program and what I saw as an inadequate emphasis on the emerging digital photography medium drove me away from earning a Fine Arts BA at CSULB. I chose journalism as a focus in college studies because I’m passionate about written expression, and journalism seemed more practical.”
Bockman said the ocean has been a “home away from home” for him for a long time. “From age 14 on, I always wanted to surf as much as possible, most often on a bodyboard,” he said. “Thus, taking photos of ocean scenes is a specialty of mine. If nothing else, I find being in or around the ocean cathartic. The ocean plays a large role in my life, alongside photography. Both have yielded many friendships and countless hours of entertainment.”

<strong>Morning Cruise</strong>

Morning Cruise

Bockman said the sea and photography are so important to him that he bought waterproof housing for his digital single-lens reflex camera and film single-lens reflex cameras so that he could take photos of waves and surfing while physically in the ocean.
He currently has a piece hanging at Lisa’s Gallery in Manhattan Beach and works as a freelance photojournalist for’s sites for Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach.
Bockman can be contacted at His ocean- and surfing-related blog, which focuses on the South Bay of Los Angeles, can be read at

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