A young Antarctic fur seal perched on his two flippers moves his weight backwards and forwards as if ready for a fight. Then, he dips his powerful head and swings it around in a deep circle. He opens his mouth and he gives a lazy war cry, then sighs. His youthful wild eyes are locked on ours, but he seems too weighed down by his heavy weight of blubber to do anything more than pout. He is located at a reasonable distance away, about 15 or more meters away.
At the prettiest time of day, when the pink skies of March start turning to a greyish purple, this is when the One Ocean expedition guides begin to steer their black zodiac boats back to the mother ship. It is a time when you take a moment to be silent and to appreciate the sheer beauty of the wild and remote places of Earth that are still relatively untouched by humans, and it is also the time when you realise everything below 60 degrees south has intensified itself in terms of its attractiveness in your adventurer-filled eyes.
Mother Ocean is beautiful, wise, and powerful. We depend on her for our survival. We will explore this philosophy at the upcoming Mother Ocean Art Exhibition where I will showcase my photographs alongside my mother's ocean artworks at the Warringah Art Space 1-12 February 2017.
Thanks to the international ocean community, The Map to Paradise feature film reached its Kickstarter goal on 9 January 2017. It is unbelievable to think that together we reached the stretch goal with about ten minutes to spare!