Our clients occasionally will share their personal hobbies or lifelong passions with us. One of Molly’s current clients really enjoys fishing and about a year ago came across internationally acclaimed underwater photographer Marc Montocchio at a fishing tournament off the coast of North Carolina. We had to share! Aren’t these photographs fantastic?
After seeing and being fascinated by these photographs our client and his friend decided to do something about it. They wanted to promote the fishing lifestyle using Marc’s photographs. Today, the company is called Occhio and there is a storefront right in Morehead City, North Carolina.
Re-used board and batten from a home right here in Raleigh was planed down and put on the exterior of Occhio’s Dockside storefront. Interior floors of heart pine, simple sheet-rock walls with neutral paint show off the artwork in the gallery side and the t-shirts, Kaenon glasses, OluKai flip flops and other great merchandise in the other side of the store.
(Below is a picture of Marc inside the store. To see a complete video about the gallery click here.)
Below is an example of the t-shirts.
Marc, a native of South Africa now lives in Morehead City, North Carolina and still travels around the world taking pictures of underwater creatures. The fascinating part besides the vivid and rich high-definition picture quality, is the camera angle and that the photographs are printed on aluminum. The viewer gets the sense as if they are looking streight into the eye of the fish, almost as if nature is staring right at them.
A true “full circle” of adventure photography turned into an unbelievable work of art to enjoy for years. Drop by if you are ever in Morehead City and get hooked on the “Occhio” experience.
My kids love their new t-shirts and snatch them from the dryer to show off to their friends at school!