Preventing water crises
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Preventing water crises

Breath-taking photos of the tiny denizens of the sea

The Japanese photographer Ryo Minemizu chose a special theme and genre for his images: he takes underwater photographs of the smallest creatures of the seas. He has been recording the mysterious and astonishingly spectacular micro world of plankton for 20 years.

Minemizu dives in the Osezaki Sea in the shadow of Mount Fuji and off the Okinawa coast to discover and record the diverse world of microscopic organisms. He spends up to 8 hours a day in water to take his amazing photos of the miniature creatures whose size ranges between 2 and 40 mm. The photographer has developed a special technique he calls Black Water Dive: he dives at night, and uses special underwater lighting to lure the plankton out.

“Plankton are intriguing and beautiful creatures. They symbolise how precious life is by their tiny existence,” said the photographer. “I wanted other people
to see them as they are in the sea – this was my motivation for beginning to shoot plankton underwater, which is quite a challenge. Most plankton are so small and their movements are hard
to predict. I have devoted my past 20 years to presenting their tiny figures, colors, and textures
to capture their vivid beauty.”

Minemizu’s photos are filled with detail. The plankton are so complex that it is difficult to believe how small they actually are: they are almost invisible, and yet they are vitally important elements of the food chain.

For many years, the photographer focused on the scientific community, but in 2018 he presented his brilliant photos to a wider audience. His exhibition Jewels in the Night Sea toured the cities of Japan.

Photos: ryo-minemizu.com
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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.

Fairy-tale blue lake captured by nomadic photographer

Nathaniel Wise uses his camera to explore the most beautiful spots on our planet. Currently, he leads a nomadic lifestyle, travelling around the western regions of North America between the Pacific Ocean and the Rocky Mountains.

Climate change – tuned to cello

Daniel Crawford has composed a piece for cello using global warming data.

On the trail of Monet’s water lilies

Claude Monet, the pioneer of impressionism and one of the greatest masters of modern art liked painting plein air, that is to say outdoors to capture natural light and colours, in his own garden. His most famous works are the pieces of the series of 250 large paintings entitled Les Nymphéas (Water Lilies).

Five tonnes of ocean waste turned into installation art

Some 150 million tonnes of plastic is afloat in the oceans, contributing to the destruction of plant and animal life. In 2018, Brooklyn-based Studio KCA used 5 tonnes of waste collected from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to build a breathtaking, awareness-raising installation.

Aerial photos of the fragile beauty of Earth’s waters

The series of photos entitled Water.Shapes.Earth by award-winning photographer Milan Radisics offers a spectacular introduction to how water has shaped the surface of our Earth over millions of years.

Majestic images from under the water

A host of sharks in a frenzy in the ocean, a seal playing underwater, a whale and a diver dancing, a turtle caught in a fishing net and the portrait of a rainbow-coloured ray are among of the winners of the Underwater Photographer of the Year 2019 contest.

The miniature sculptures of nature: macro photos of water droplets

Macro photography is more than just taking good close-up photos – the technique offers a new perspective and shows tiny, often overlooked details of the world. Canadian photographer Don Komarechka explores nature through his macro lens, transforming droplets of water into miniature works of art.

Stunning aerial photos on the connection between humans and water

From the oceans through lakes and rivers to thermal baths, water has always attracted people. Initially, water was primarily a resource for survival, but today, being near bodies of water still makes us more peaceful. London-based photographer Jason Hawkes celebrates the primeval link between humans and water with breathtaking aerial photos.