Beautiful photos of alien worlds hiding right here on Earth

It's no secret that the ocean is hiding some impressive lifeforms in its depths, but good freaking lord, these pics! These pics are incredible. Jessica Rosenkrantz snapped them on a recent expedition to Bonaire and, just, whoa.

Rosenkrantz is half of generative design studio Nervous System, and got her SCUBA certification a year ago; this was only her second dive trip (!).

Here's what she told us about her adventure:

"Bonaire is an island in the Caribbean off the coast of Venezuela that is oddly part of the Netherlands. It's famed among scuba divers because the entire coast is a protected marine park with over 50 dive site accessible from the shore. Over the course of two weeks I went diving 21 times and documented the creatures I saw. I often find the forms of coral and other colonial critters bear a great resemblance to the algorithmic design work I do at Nervous System (for instance our Hyphae lamps). When I shoot underwater, I focus on capturing the strange patterns, shapes and textures of life on the reef."

She uses an Olympus E-PL5 mico 4/3's camera with a 60mm macro lens in an Olympus pt-ep10 housing with a single Sea & Sea YS-01 strobe; check out the set up here, and scroll through the whole set from Bonaire here. BRB I'm imagining a deep sea adventure...

Beautiful photos of alien worlds hiding right here on EarthS

Callyspongia plicifera

Beautiful photos of alien worlds hiding right here on EarthS

Scopalina ruetzleri

Beautiful photos of alien worlds hiding right here on EarthS

Flamingo tongue cowrie

Beautiful photos of alien worlds hiding right here on EarthS

Lettuce sea slug

Beautiful photos of alien worlds hiding right here on EarthS

Gorgonian polyps

Beautiful photos of alien worlds hiding right here on EarthS

Sponge, zoanthid, brittle star medley

Beautiful photos of alien worlds hiding right here on EarthS

A tiny basket sea star

Beautiful photos of alien worlds hiding right here on EarthS

Basket sea star unfurling for the night

Beautiful photos of alien worlds hiding right here on EarthS

Staring into sponge space

Beautiful photos of alien worlds hiding right here on EarthS

Banded coral shrimp

Beautiful photos of alien worlds hiding right here on EarthS

Knobby anenome

You can follow Jessica Rosenkrantz is Nervous System's webpage and Twitter.


This is part of a series in which we are featuring futuristic, alien-looking or just plain awesome images of landscapes, cityscapes, and objects. If you are a photographer with such work, please drop me a line here.


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