Education and interraction

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The next series of images deal with Scuba diving and how we can interact with our oceans in a much more intimate way. The images also serve to illustrate how placing figures into these unfamiliar environments can help the viewers see the environments as slightly less intimidating, and places the viewer in a more comfortable position by seeing human involvement in these alien environments. The image above involves four divers on their descent from the surface to the reef. When looking up from below, any objects above you seem dark and heavily silhouetted, due to the sun’s positioning in the image and the refraction of light in water.

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The above image was created by taking the image of the kelp forest and painting a diver into the background. Where before the eerie kelp forest was seen as haunting and unsettling to the viewer, the diver being incorporated into the image I hope will help familiarize the viewer with the environment so that it appears inviting, the exhilaration of new experiences and learning about the underwater world fuelling wanderlust, as new possibilities and adventures await.

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The above image is aimed to draw the viewer back into confronting fears about the ocean but at the same time converting that fear into understanding and respect for the ocean. The images shows an apprehensive diver cautiously observing a shark gliding into the gloom of the distance. Many major shark species are now listed as endangered due to overfishing and poaching for both commercial fishing industries and for the Asian black market, their fins fetching high prices for soup. The image is mainly meant to show how, even though these creatures are indeed dangerous and powerful like many other large marine animals, they perform a crucial role of keeping balance in their environment, and that it is indeed possible to have an encounter with a shark, without the fear of them taking a chunk out of your leg. This also raised a sense of awe, seeing this predator in its natural environment. I can tell you from experience that there is nothing more humbling that being close to large marine creatures like these, for you truly are vulnerable as a guest in their world.

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