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Grenada, Museo Subacuatico Del Arte, off the coast of Cancún; By Jason deCaires Taylor

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By © Jason deCaires Taylor

Environmentally inspired artist, Jason deCaires Taylor, created a hauntingly beautiful underwater museum with his life-like statues providing habitat for marine life, coral re-growth and mystery for divers to explore.

This featured sculpture, Grenada, is installed in the underwater museum, MUSA (Museo Subacuatico Del Arte) off the coast of Cancún.

“Jason not only makes artificial coral reefs from statues he’s cast from live human models, but he’s also an accomplished photographer. Once heard explaining how photographing the statues underwater is actually his favorite part of the whole process, Jason’s alluring photos clearly demonstrate why. His beautiful record of the biological growth that takes place on the very figures he so painstakingly creates offers viewers a window into a magical natural world that is constantly evolving.” —Marcelina Cavat – Angel Azur Movie.

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Cape Arago Lighthouse, Oregon; By Chuck Place

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By © Chuck Place

“I was shooting an assignment for the Smithsonian on historic sites and I arrived there the evening before the shoot. It had been stormy all night and was still raining when I got up. I never know what is going to happen with weather, so I made sure I was on site for the sunrise. The rain stopped for just about three minutes as the rising sun peeked through a split in the clouds, lighting the area with a glancing light. Just as quickly, the weather closed back in , the rain started again and I was done working for the morning. It was as if a light switch had been turned on and then quickly turned off. Amazing experience.”

Weligama, Sri Lanka; By Steve McCurry

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” Weligama, Sri Lanka.” All rights reserved. © Steve McCurry

By © Steve McCurry

Steve McCurry has been a one of the most iconic voices in contemporary photography for more than 30 years, with scores of magazine and book covers, over a dozen books, and countless exhibitions around the world to his name.

McCurry has been recognized with some of the most prestigious awards in the industry.

Icebergs Floating By – East Greenland / The Last Iceberg Series III; By Camille Seaman

© The Last Iceberg Series III. Icebergs Floating By – East Greenland, August 23, 2006.

By © Camille Seaman

Camille Seaman was born in 1969 to a Native American (Shinnecock tribe) father and African American mother. She graduated in 1992 from the State University of New York at Purchase, where she studied photography with Jan Groover and has since taken master workshops with Steve McCurry, Sebastiao Salgado, and Paul Fusco.

Her photographs have been published in National Geographic Magazine, Italian Geo, German GEO, TIME, The New York Times Sunday magazine, Newsweek, Outside, Zeit Wissen, Men’s Journal, Seed, Camera Arts, Issues, PDN, and American Photo among many others, She frequently leads photographic and self-publishing workshops.

Her photographs have received many awards including: a National Geographic Award, 2006; and the Critical Mass Top Monograph Award, 2007. In 2008 she was honored with a one-person exhibition, “The Last Iceberg” at the National Academy of Sciences, Washington DC.

Rebus; By Naomi Itami

By © Naomi Itami

“Like a hieroglyph, a rebus is a precursor to the development of the alphabet and the contemporary world.

Alluding to a primordial, reciprocal and senses-based form of perception, this rebus combines voice, water and rock to reflect on human and geologic time.

This image was taken at low tide in a primordial sea cave at Holywell Bay, Cornwall, England 2011. Like Lourdes in France, legend has it that the cave has drawn pilgrims from near and far for many centuries, serving as a baptismal well used for healing sick and injured children.

This geological wonder is a natural shrine formed over millions of years by the constant dripping of water through the weak local slate, forming stalactite structures amidst the many colourful layers of sediment and stone.

The cave is cleansed daily by tidal currents only to expose its beauty at very low tides.”

Oceanscapes – One View – Ten years; By Renate Aller

By © Renate Aller

“I have been photographing the Atlantic ocean for more then a decade from exactly the same viewpoint, our home on stilts on the South Shore of Long Island.

The ocean carries the whole history of our earth. The self-healing trace minerals of the ocean represent our collective memory. The ocean covers nearly three quarters of our planet. Water is the most important element on our earth and it is our duty to save it from ongoing destruction due to pollution.

The ocean is also a point for reflection and meditation. Engaging with the ocean from an elevated position is similar to the experience in front of a cinema screen. Our eyes and minds go beyond the horizon and come back to the bouncing waves at the shore, following the rhythm of the motion from “here” to “there.” We, as spectators of the scene, are “here” yet we are able to project ourselves to “somewhere else.”

The photographic project “Oceanscapes – One View – Ten years” supports my investigation into the relationship between romanticism, memory, and landscape in the context of our current socio-political awareness. Caspar David Friedrich placed the back of a person into the landscape, The Monk by the Sea, and that figure is thereby projected into the endless world of nature. By omitting the literal figure standing in the frame, I put the viewer of my pieces into the position of the spectator, and allow them their own way of “seeing.”

In the single image one can find longing and identity. In the serial representation one can be guided into their emotions (or their contradictions) – as in the construction of a musical piece. The movements and moods of the ocean are a composition. It appears to be random but it has its own structure. That is how I compose music: silence next to anxiety, like the moment just after an angry storm. In the anticipation of a moment yet to come, we can find all that makes up our imaginations, memories, reassurances and fears.

We do know, however, that these are just moments and seconds or minutes – after the picture was taken all these colors and shapes may change completely – we are aware of the transitory state of values and our perception of reality. And yet, it is always the same point of view and the same location that presents all this to us.

Our memories are based on repetition, ‘the recurring view toward the ocean’ – it is always the same and yet so different.”

Current Exhibitions at the Corcoran Gallery Of Art.

Dicotyledon, a book by Renate Aller, Radius Book

Oceanscapes – USA, a book by Renate Aller, Radius Book

Oceanscapes – Europe, a book by Renate Aller, Radius Book