Thursday, January 22, 2015

Spineless Creatures Of The Deep

Artist and photographer Susan Middleton is shinning the light on the lesser known creatures of the deep ocean her new book, Spineless. The book showcases the eerie beauty of invertebrate marine life with over 250 portrait style images, from the lowly crab to the stubby squid. Each carefully photographed in portraiture-like style, showing the magnificence of each creature.

Between 2006 and 2013, Susan took the photos three different field locations: the Northwest Hawaiian Islands, the Line Islands in the central Pacific, and in the San Juan Islands in Washington State. To collect and photograph her subjects, she worked in collaboration with marine zoologists and scientific divers, using a number of collection techniques, like retrofitting lobster traps or re-purposing machines to suck up creatures living in deep sand.

Susan hopes that Spineless will bring new attention to the magnificent invertebrates of the deep. We're not just talking about the likes of the squid and octopus, but the lesser-known animals, born without backbones, which comprise over 98% of the ocean's known species, and which are in ever increasing danger. 

You can buy a copy of Spineless through Amazon here.

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