For my Aesthetic Exploration, I am focusing mainly on the “Oceanic Aesthetic”. This aesthetic conveys natural power and the contrast between the many shades of blues against the whites of the crashing crests of the waves. The visuals and themes can be centered around the calmness of the ocean surface, the power and rage of the crashing waves, the other worldly nature of the underwater viewpoint, and of course the marine life theme. Many categories of sub-aesthetics are based on the main oceanic aesthetic. A prime example of an aesthetic based off oceanic is the Ocean Grunge aesthetic. Ocean Grunge is a music-centric aesthetic that is loosely based off of the Seapunk aesthetic that started in 2014. It has a darker air and color palette which are blacks, greys, and muted blues .
Figure 1. Example of the Ocean Grunge aesthetic, showcasing its use of the darker color palette and oceanic themes.
The main theme of the Oceanic Aesthetic like I mentioned previously, can take many forms and is up to the desire of the artist to focus and interpret. The age-old saying “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” is perfectly exemplified by the ocean, as it constantly changes shape and form based on its environment and influence. Shown below is one of the sub-themes mentioned earlier. The “Power” aesthetic as I call it shows a deep contrast between the violence of the crashing waves , the dark palette of the water to convey the depth of the ocean, and can aim to invoke fear and respect of the ocean .
Figure 2. The white-blue contrast of crashing waves.
Figure 3. The dark palette of deep ocean shots.
Another sub-theme worth exploring in the Oceanic aesthetic is the “Peaceful” aesthetic. This focuses on the combination of sunlight against the ocean, incorporating a light palette  with the sparkle of light, against a calm surface of water. People choose to reference and explore this aesthetic when seeking a calming effect of the ocean, or to frame the ocean as non-threatening natural existence .
Figure 4. The Peaceful aesthetic showcasing the balance between reflection of light against a calm ocean surface.
Figure 5. Showcasing the light palette used in the peaceful aesthetic to convey feelings of calm.
The Marine life theme incorporates the powerful animalistic themes from the animal kingdom, and the oceanic aesthetic. This sub-theme is largely flexible, based on the artist’s intentions behind the picture. A dark or light palette can be used to convey peace or ferocity. This is largely based on the marine life being showcased. Sharks and other predators (sharks, squids, etc.)  typically contrast against a darker palette, while friendlier peaceful animals are contrasted against lighter palettes (turtles, dolphins, etc.) .
Figure 6. A Great White shark, the apex predator of the ocean set against a darker palette to convey strength, power, and fear.
Figure 7. A sea turtle, set against a light palette and calm seas to convey peace, happiness, and a friendly feeling.