Not an area I ever really intended to even explore, much yet develop, tropical and underwater photography has revealed itself to be a potentially significant area of interest for me.
Even though I have had my diving licence for decades nothing can really relate to swimming in a coral reef. My experience can only be called epiphanous since the experiences have changed the way I look at the oceans and how they are managed. The term Out of sight out of mind could not be more suitably used. For it is not until ones perspective shifts below the surface that the environment is even witnessed. Above the surface is the perception of an endless blue desert. While just below the surface is a diversity and vibrancy unparalleled on land.
Interacting with animals on land is not usually something one thinks much of. There isn’t much to begin with but mainly we can see and hear possible threats with ease. Underwater there is a new sense of proximity, almost as if walking through a fog; strange creatures can suddenly appear as if before your eyes. Masks also magnify things quite a bit as well. Yet even though this land is foreign to humans there is still a familiarity with the landscape features, they are all simply different then on land.
The underwater photographs have developed themselves into a reflection on underwater landscapes. Water transforms into air as the plant life reaches for the sun. Comparisons to terrestrial forms morph into those underwater producing a surreal atmospheres complete with strange inhabitants.