I just discovered Mark Laita - In an attemot at decompression form a hectic day I was quietly cruising the internets before deciding to turn in for the night and stumbled upon the most amazingly beautiful nature photography. If you can even call it that, because it's so much more than that!
I have always had a strong love for the ocean, for the water, for the animals who live within it, and still find myself inexplicably drawn to this surreal and mysterious world we know so little about. (I actually was so in love with this undersea world that for quite some time I had convinced myself I was going to be a Marine Biologist, until a chance reading of a Jane Gooddall book lead me to an intense fascination with Dianne Fossey. Which, in turn, lead me to profess my love of anthropology and decided to live in the mountains with gorillas like my newfound idol. I was committed to this idea for years, until the apathy that seeps in during the late teen years really took hold and I traded my utopian field research fantasies for some Cure albums, a black wardrobe, and a ridiculous amount of art supplies. But I digress.)
My love of sea life has always been sitting there, just under the surface, and when I happened opn these images I was immediately taken right back to that 9 year old kid who could spend hours in the pet store gazing into the aquariums if she could. The images are so captivating, and pure, and stripped bare of any outside dialogue that you are forced to just see the animals for the complex and incredible creatures they are. They are honest images, and they are exceptionally artistic all at once. I find myself being entranced all over again by the fluid movements of these exotic fish, and I can instantly and vividly remember how innocently I fell in love with them as a kid, and why. I love that Mark Laita has brought that out in my adult self with this collection of images. They truly are incredible. I'll e heading off to dreamland now with a heavy dose of nostalgia and some ethereal imagery which hopefully will find it's way into my dreams.
The book these images were taken from, SEA, is available through Amazon.