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Serpulid Tubeworm (Ponastegus stellatus), Saba

The beauty of nature often speaks for itself, take a breath, look, enjoy.

Art, creativity, Design, Interior Design, Nature, underwater

Elegance

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Secretary blenny (Acanthemblemaria maria). Blennies take up residence in tiny abandoned holes in coral. Most secretive, they spend most of their time hiding inside or cautiously venturing to the opening of their coral home. They are tiny usually less than 8 cm. long. Bonaire
I saw this blenny dart into a small ¬†hole in the coral head. ¬†Slowly I approached and sat my camera’s down on the ocean floor, slowed my breath and waited. ¬†Over the next forty minutes I mainly did nothing but watched and waited. ¬†The blenny would peak it’s head out of the hole and dart back inside. ¬†I kept repeating the same idea over and over in my mind…” I don’t want to hurt you, you’re wonderful, I just want to make a picture”. ¬†The blenny started to stay out longer. ¬†Gently I picked up my camera waited for the blenny to come out and stay, when it did I made one exposure, the one you’re looking at.
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Art, Interior Design, Uncategorized, underwater

Let the wildlife call the shots

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Design, Nature, underwater

Artist’s Primary Source, Nature

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Orange Sea Lily (Nemaster rubiginosa) Bonaire

One of the reasons artists collect so much stuff; rocks, feathers, shells, crushed cans, you name it, ¬†is because they have a talent for seeing elements of design in everything. Shapes and forms in the natural world awakens a sensibility that we recognize as having a “sense of rightness,” ¬†Mark Getlein, Living With Art.

Coral

Sea Rod (Gorgonian coral) Bonaire

Focusing  on the natural world engages our imagination and inspires a creative response. Design principles from nature show up in science, engineering, architecture, art, textiles and fashion.

Sea Fan Pan (Gorgonia ventalina) Grand Cayman

Sea Fan Pan (Gorgonia ventalina) Grand Cayman

The approach I took to photographing marine subjects for the book The Living Seas was to concentrate on  design within  marine life.  I  looked with curiosity at the line, light, shape and form I saw within the underwater world. Compositions  focused  on the central design feature of the subject I was studying.

A few years ago a project came along which gave me the opportunity to work with one of the finest designers  in America, Chip Reay.  Chip selected from my underwater images  ones which had  clean simple design .  He played with the photographs by making a duplicate of the image, flipping it and merging it with the original. the result was a wonderful mirror image, a delightful rorschach.  These three images are examples of his successful collaboration with my photographs.

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Nature, underwater

Nature’s Design

Underwater, Underwater Photography, coral, graphic images, nature, natural history, The living seas book, Bonaire,

Solitary Disk Coral (Scolymia lacera) Bonaire

Life underwater is a world of dreamlike images.  The surprising luminosity, electric color and intriguing shapes are what interest me. Exploring this magical realm is a transcendent experience.

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