41 posts tagged Underwater
41 posts tagged Underwater
For a stunning series entitled Blackwater, Hawaii-based diver and photographer Joshua Lambus takes beautiful photos of luminous aquatic creatures against a perfectly black background that enables us to better appreciate just how incredibly awesome they are.
Lambus says, “Now being underwater I’m inundated with stories, struggles, triumphs. Seeing our fragile ecosystem inch ever closer to the verge of destruction pushes me to continue my work, not only for artistic value, but for a far greater purpose. I hope to tell a story and ask for help for those without a voice.”
Here’s hoping we’ll see some of these enchanting cephalopods in our dreams tonight.
“Inspired by an obsession with the ocean and a fascination with extravagant interiors of old churches, Adam Wallacavage transformed the dining room of his South Philadelphia Victorian Brownstone into something from the pages of a Jules Verne novel. Teaching himself the ancient art of ornamental plastering, Adam evolved his new found skills into making plaster cast octopus shaped chandeliers as the final touch to his underwater themed room.”
Adam is officially welcome to come over and transform any and all of our rooms. We can’t think of a single space at Geyser of Awesome headquarters that wouldn’t benefit from the addition of more tentacles.
From the Department of Awesome Animal Hybrids come Octopussy and Seahorse 2, two more wonderfully weird and tentacular paintings created by San Francisco-based artist Robert Bowen (previously featured here).
Both are currently available here as signed, limited edition prints.
It’s Tentacle Day on Geyser of Awesome!
Yikes! Do you suffer from Galeophobia? If so, you’d probably opt to take the stairs rather than get inside this awesomely terrifying elevator. It’s been decorated to look like the inside of a shark cage with an enormous great white shark ominously hanging out on the other side of the bars.
James Delaney spotted and photographed the inside of this elevator in Johannesburg, South Africa while attending a tourism convention.
Sometimes all it takes to make one’s day more awesome is the sight of a big, contagious smile. The look on the face of this False Killer Whale is a fine example. We couldn’t help but smile as soon as we saw it. This happy, hungry fellow was photographed in the waters off Kona, Hawaii by American photographer Doug Perrine. The smiley cetacean was grinning as he closed in on a tasty bit of lunch.
“The concept behind this project was to create an underwater environment existing parallel to the everyday street-life. The pictures present a combination of visual elegance, danger and people living on the edge. One image in particular - Shark Riding - gained worldwide recognition. It shows an underwater city slicker riding a 17-foot long tiger shark; no computer manipulation has been used to create this picture. ‘The Under Water Project’ was realized for Levi’s.”
While we don’t necessarily condone shark-riding, we have to say that a person wearing jeans and sunglasses while confidently riding a shark underwater has an undeniably Fonzie-esque superhero quality about him. The Fonz famously jumped over a shark, but this guy actually grabbed on and rode one.
This awesome video, entitled Fishing Under Ice, was filmed underwater at Saarijärvi in Vaala, Finland, where the stars stood upside-down on the underwater surface of the ice and mimicked fishing while cleverly using air in place of water. Watch the video and you’ll see what we mean.
According to a commenter on reddit, the divers were able to do this by wearing drysuits, which are insulated with air. That way their buoyancy became the analogue to gravity and they just oriented themselves to stand on the ice.
The video is absolutely beautiful and it feels as though you’re watching something taking place on a different world, particularly when you see their exhalations fall downwards. They clearly had a lot of fun filming this.
From the Department of Awesome Natural Wonders come these mysterious patterns on the ocean floor off the southern coast of Japan. Japanese scuba diver and photographer Yoji Ookata, who has spent the last 50 years exploring and documenting his underwater discoveries off the coast of Japan, spotted these beautiful and puzzling patterns in the sand, nearly six feet in diameter and 80 feet below sea level, during a dive near Amami Oshima at the southern tip of the country.
So what happened next? Are these rippling geometric patterns the equivalent of crop circles on the seafloor? Not quite, but the answer is still a good one. Colossal explains:
“He soon returned with colleagues and a television crew from the nature program NHK to document the origins what he dubbed the “mystery circle.”
Using underwater cameras the team discovered the artist is a small puffer fish only a few inches in length that swims tirelessly through the day and night to create these vast organic sculptures using the gesture of a single fin. Through careful observation the team found the circles serve a variety of crucial ecological functions, the most important of which is to attract mates. Apparently the female fish are attracted to the hills and valleys within the sand and traverse them carefully to discover the male fish where the pair eventually lay eggs at the circle’s center, the grooves later acting as a natural buffer to ocean currents that protect the delicate offspring. Scientists also learned that the more ridges contained within the sculpture resulted in a much greater likelihood of the fish pairing. To learn more about the circles check out the full scoop over on Spoon and Tamago, and you can see two high resolution desktop photos courtesy of NHK here.”
Busy little pufferfish boys wooing potential mates by sculpting the sand with their bodies. As far as we’re concerned, that’s pretty awesome!
The 2nd most popular Geyser of Awesome post of 2012 looks like it was made by a talented and adventurous artist, but it’s really a talented and patient puffer fish.
Reblogged from archiemcphee