Photography by Chris Leidy

Last week, photographer Chris Leidy (grandson of style icon Lilly Pulitzer and great-great-grandson of publisher Joseph Pulitzer) held his first reception in his new studio on New York’s West 22nd Street.

Leidy’s trips to such far-off destinations as Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, and Sumatra are the basis for the two series that are currently on display: “Focal Point” and “Stop Motion.” Diving into the ocean, he captures the fast pace of sea life and the mysterious place where refracted light waves meet beneath the waves. The images are sometimes processed to abstraction, sometimes untouched reality, yet all offer Leidy’s stylized glimpse into a foreign world underwater.

149 W. 22nd St., New York, by appointment only; chrisleidyphotography.com