The final part of the main project includes three images of a Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus). The shark and the scenarios which it finds itself in are based off of a real incident where a 17 metre giant swimming near the Pacific island of Socorro. The animal featured of the TV program “Secrets of Shark Island”, and during filming the giant approached divers with what appeared to be a large leash around its body. It was in fact a large rope, probably used for commercial fishing purposes. A brave diver took action and cut the large rope away from the animal. The rope had been embedded into the animal along its back and had cut into both pectoral fins, a sign that this piece of flotsam had been plaguing the shark for some time.
These pieces aim to deliver an aspect of advocation to the viewer, in the sense that, in many places in the world we can easily see the detriment caused to the oceans and the marine life dwelling within it, and that we can easily act to step out against it by taking direct action, much like this brave diver did when cutting the Whale Shark free from its ropes.
With these three final images being added to the collection, that finalizes the project:” Emotional responses to the Ocean”. A collection of 12 ink paintings, these works will aim to help the viewer encounter their fears about the ocean, show them how these fears may be overcome through education and exploration, and how through advocation and conservation we might preserve the last great frontier on our planet. The Oceans of the world are vastly yet unexplored, and in due time, through overcoming fear, learning about the deep, and advocating for its preservation, we might one day make discoveries the likes of which we would have never dreamed of.