Oh Boy, this one was a good one. Now if theres one thing that I love its diving, and if theres another thing that can go hand in hand with it, its inks. So I got down and dirty.
The main reason why I chose this particular TEDtalk, is because not only is it in a field where i’m very comfortable, but also it allowed me to make best use of what I’ve learned previously about depth, composition and colour being used to set the stage for a narrative. No doubt that being allowed to play the audio from the talk in the background has helped the development of the images. It better allowed me to compose the illustrations in relation to what was being said during the talk.
And now for the images. If you want to follow along with the talk in the background, then here is the URL for the Richard Pyle’s TEDtalk. Just copy and paste into the searchbar or your browser to view:
The first image from the talk, here Richard Pyle tells us of how he became passionate about deepsea exploration, and the misfortune of suffering the Decompression sickness that ended up paralyzing him for an extended period of time.
Here we see how SCUBA gear allows us to fully explore the shallower areas of a reef, whilst manned submersibles enable us to go much deeper. As a result of this technology, a large portion of what we could explore, the Reef’s Twilight zone, has gone largely unexplored.
This diagram explores the dangers of diving deep for extended amounts of time, in relation to pressure build-up within our bodies and how excessive amounts of nitrogen can lead to decompression sickness if we stay down too deep for too long.
Technical diagrams of Richard’s first kit, the more advanced Scuba rigs, and a dismantled Closed Circuit Rebreather, which allows us to venture deeper for longer by using Helium mixtures at certain depths to help us adapt to increasing pressures at depth.
Documenting new found species of not only fish, but various other forms of life in the deep clear water of the reef’s Twilight zone.
Sharks can be found in great number and variety in deeper locations. Theirs is a story of fear and mystery, and as the apex predator of the oceans, they should not be feared, but respected. This world is theirs and we are merely guests. They aren’t the monsters that our imaginations would make them out to be.
Some examples of the newly discovered species that may be found in the reef’s Twilight zone. Including a fish worth $15,000 dollars, a fish named after Nitrogen Narcosis, and a fish named after Dr. Seuss, simply because it looks like something out of fantasy.
During their dive excursions, Richard and his colleagues were cataloging up to 7 new species every hour.
A particularly interesting find, the fish shown here builds massive mounds in which to make it’s home.
Here is a representation of a photograph of the last moments of a mans life. Unfortunately he passed away due to a simple mistake involving the gas mixtures he was breathing in. This man lived his life to the fullest, fearlessly.
Lastly Richard reflects on this colleague’s sacrifice, and how in life there are two goals we strive to achieve. one being the continuation of our race, the other being the pursuit of happiness and joy, as Richard so brilliantly words it: “life is a sexually transmitted disease with 100% mortality, so you cannot live your life in fear”.