Nocturnal Photography of Open-Ocean Mollusks
12.10.21 - 10.15.22
In the open ocean at night, many animals move up from deeper water to feed. Divers and underwater photographers Linda Ianniello and Susan Mears take this opportunity to capture remarkable images of marine life swimming at night by practicing the adventuresome, emerging art form of blackwater photography.
The unusual, elegant, nocturnal images featured in this exhibition were taken by Linda and Susan in the Gulf Stream of the Atlantic Ocean, approximately five miles off the East Coast of Florida and at depths of between fifty and one hundred feet. These excursions, known as blackwater dives, carry divers along the Gulf Stream for a distance of up to seven miles during a 90-minute dive, providing amazing opportunities to photograph animals as they emerge from the depths and move through the Gulf Stream.
Blackwater Moments features some 30 photographs by Linda and Susan, with a focus on pictures they have made of open-ocean mollusks. Species represented include the Blanket Octopus, Argonauts, Sea Butterflies, and others. The exhibition also includes a section about blackwater diving and the daring methods that produce these beautiful images.
Linda and Susan have co-authored the book Blackwater Creatures – A Guide to Southeast Florida Blackwater Diving, which chronicles highlights of over 500 blackwater expeditions. On March 15, 2022, Linda will give an Artist Talk at the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum to discuss the exhibition and their work.
Blackwater Moments is organized by Dr. José H. Leal, Science Director and Curator at the National Shell Museum.
This exhibition is made possible by a gift from Linda Kramer.