Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Bill Curtsinger

Extreme Nature: The sometimes art of marine science

Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Pacific Forum – 3:00 p.m.

Since the book, Extreme Nature, is a retrospective of my work over the years it, more or less, identifies who I am as a photographer and maybe also as a person. Many of the images are quiet, calm, and a little mysterious. Some are edgy. Many of the species represented in the book had not been photographed underwater before my cameras brought them to light. I have always been drawn to remote regions, severe landscapes and shy animal subjects, ones that are elusive and unseen. I have very little interest in the colorful, flamboyant world of coral reefs. The challenge of photographing what has not been seen before has been the motivation for much of my work. I often have found myself in situations that I know a marine scientist would love to be in. Over the years I have had many collaborations with researchers from different fields regarding my work. I have co-authored three scientific papers, all based on my photography. I like to think that my work in this, hidden nature, has revealed to some how splendid a place our planet is, and has instilled in some a sense of wonder and reverence for it’s natural gifts, especially those that often go unnoticed or unseen.

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