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Antarctica FridayFoto #11



A three-for-one deal this Friday… just because I love the progression between the these shots.

NIWA diver Rod Budd trudges through a building wind to the field kitchen as he brings in gear from our field camp on the sea ice at Cape Evans, Antarctica. It would have been about -25°c but with wind chill easily more like -35°c.

#Projectweed : Ask the experts

nz_seaweeds_coverOn the “Weed” project I am lucky enough to be working with some fantastic scientists and advisors including New Zealand’s pre-eminent expert in seaweeds – Dr Wendy Nelson.

Wendy is Principal Scientist – Marine Biology and Programme Leader – Marine Biological Resources at NIWA. Her book NZ Seaweeds an illustrated guide (ISBN: 978-0-9876688-1-3)has become indispensable in identifying my algae discoveries.

Because I intend the first showing of this project to be part of a Kermadec exhibition in April I am am very keen to make sure I am including seaweed from that region in the project. With Wendy’s help I have been able to track down the only seaweed from the Kermadecs that can be found in Wellington, Pterocladiella, and one other, Caulerpa geminata, which looks the same as another Kermadec algae (the Kermadecs is C. racemose – same genus but different species).

She has also been a great source on tips on keeping algae happy while I transport, store and photograph it. I never would have found Pterocladiella without her help.

Thanks for all your help Wendy.

Some other good seaweed reads:

South Pacific Reef Plants
Diane Scullion Littler & Mark Masterton Littler
ISBN: 0-9678901-9-5

David Thomas
ISBN: 0-565-09175-1

More on the Weed project


Deep at Deluxe

The Deep

I have a small exhibition on at Wellington’s Deluxe Cafe (the best coffee in Wellington if you ask me – in the Embassy Theatre building on Kent Terrace)

The work is an extension of the Kermadec Project. On my return to Wellington I was given the opportunity to explore  and photograph the invertebrate collection at NIWA in Evans Bay. All specimens photographed in the show were collected or can be found on the Kermadec Arc, collected from depths between 200 and 1900m.

Some of the works can be seen on a previous posting

Also on display is my hand painted Wakey Wakey Wakey poster.

And of course the main Kermadec exhibition is still currently on at City Gallery in Wellington until February.

Deluxe Cafe

“The deep” Photo series

A new series of images from the Kermadec trip. Taken in the specimen vaults of NIWA in Wellington these are photos of deep sea invertebrates from the Kermadec trench. I was fascinated by the distortions created by the jars and bags they are stored in. It reminded me of NIWA submarine video footage (some of which appears in this video by Bruce Foster) and it struck me that it is very rare for us to view these animals without thick glass between us – it highlights we really do live in different worlds.

For sale: These are available framed in 307mm diameter black round frames – they look fantastic as a set. Printed on archival rag. See the Kermadec works for sale page

See them framed here

How to buy them