Preventing water crises
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Preventing water crises

Enchanting watercolours bring majestic ocean dwellers to life

The aquarelles of Canan Esen, an illustrator from Germany, depict real and imaginary denizens of the oceans, among them majestic whales and playful dolphins. The talented artist hopes that her work can inspire action for the health of oceans and the wellbeing of marine wildlife.

Esen often posts quotes that inspire her work to Instagram. One of them is by American philosopher Loren Eiseley:

“If there is magic on this planet,
it is contained in water.”

The graphic artist has visualised this thought beautifully in her pieces: the fine brushstrokes and droplets of paint almost bring the wondrous world of the ocean to life.

She often adds gold embellishments to her work, which adds an even more ethereal quality to her paintings. Forest plants, mushrooms, leaves and flowers also appear in her pieces occasionally, further illustrating the inseparable connection between the oceans and Earth.

Esen donates 10% of the profits from the sales of her original paintings to ocean and marine life conservation projects.

Photos: Canan Esen/My Modern Met
Further information: My Modern Met

The world through the eyes of a sea captain

Zay Yar Lin, a sea captain from Myanmar, doesn’t only capture the everyday life of seafarers – their struggle with the seas and the excitement of reaching shore – but also fishermen, sailors and the busy world of harbours, as well. In his photos, he places the emphasis on lighting, composition, the interplay of colours and unusual perspectives. His shots are abstract, still they also communicate stories about everyday people.

Water magic hidden in rings

The spellbinding rings produced by a Vancouver-based studio, Secret Wood, showcase Canada’s natural wonders. In addition to the country’s rugged mountains, luxurious emerald forests and wonderful northern lights, the design studio has also been inspired by majestic waterfalls.

An ice cavern under a melting glacier

The Aletsch Glacier, whose source is at an elevation over 4000 metres in the Bernese Alps, is Europe’s longest and largest volume glacier, which is visible from space. At present, its area covered with ice all year is 28.6 square kilometres, but it is getting smaller.

On the trail of turquoise ice

In her series entitled Blue Ice, photographer Julieanna Kost has captured the strikingly beautiful blue and turquoise colours and gradations of the glaciers and icebergs of Antarctica. She embarked on her Antarctic expedition on a small motor boat to record the ice landscapes using digital technology.

Amazing photos of the magical ice formations of Alaska

Japanese photographer Ryota Kajita has captured the icy beauty of Alaskan landscapes in his series Ice Formations. The artist, now living in Alaska, has spent seven years exploring the remote and uninhabited regions of the state so as to capture the complex natural patterns.

The symbiosis of humans and water – through the eyes of architects

Water is a fundamental condition of life – it is irreplaceable and indispensable, it is very literally the wellspring of life, and humans and water have been living in a close symbiosis since time immemorial. Contemporary architects are also happy to reflect on that relationship.

Thirty years of underwater photography

Award-winning photographer Christian Vizl has been inspired by the ocean since childhood. The native of Mexico City has been photographing marine life for 30 years, and in that time his artistic documentation of life underwater has earned him an international reputation.

Photos capture the dazzling beauty of frozen Lake Baikal

Russian photographer Kristina Makeeva travelled to Lake Baikal in southern Siberia to capture the frosty beauty of the world’s largest freshwater lake. The mirror-like surface of the the approximately 600 km long lake features cracks and bubbles that create spectacular organic patterns in the clear ice.

Artist recreates the ocean using recycled textiles

Portuguese artist Vanessa Barragão makes sculptures out of textiles on an exquisite theme: her incredible pieces pay homage to the extraordinary, colourful creatures of the oceans. She uses industrial textile waste to create woollen carpets, tapestries and wall ornaments that imitate the structure of coral.

Dramatic underwater compositions

Art from the Baroque period is characterised by dynamic compositions and ethereal light effects. It may seem that oil painting is the only medium for the Baroque aesthetic, a series of photos entitled Muses by Christy Lee Rogers proves that underwater photography can also evoke the mood of dramatic Baroque paintings.