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...
Flamingo tongue cowrie
Lettuce sea slug
Sponge, zoanthid, brittle star medley
A tiny basket sea star
Basket sea star unfurling for the night
Staring into sponge space
Banded coral shrimp
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.