The Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History has been connecting people with all aspects of nature for over 100 years. This fall, visitors are invited to browse stunning images capturing the life and landscapes of California’s unique coastal habitats. The museum is currently presenting California: At the Water’s Edge, an exhibit of work by nature, wildlife, and underwater photographer, Jason Bradley.
The exhibit features 35 photographs Bradley took from above and below the ocean’s surface. These samples from his vast portfolio represent Bradley’s work from many years of photographic expeditions. The images were carefully chosen as an impression of California’s diverse and beautiful ecology, and reflect his passion for the ocean and advocating for its conservation through the art of photography.
The collection of prints includes stunning images of coastal landscapes and wildlife spanning Baja to Northern California. Highlights from the busy aquatic ecosystems include photos of Chinook salmon, California sea lions, elephant seals, silky sharks, garibaldi, nudibranch, giant manta rays, anchovies, sea otter, sheepshead, brittle sea star, sea nettles, humpback whale, dragon fish, anopligaster (fang tooth), and viper fish.
Along with the photographs, the museum is displaying deep-sea specimens that were gathered or exhumed from expeditions or existing collections, courtesy of Moss Landing Marin Labs and MBARI (Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute).
Jason Bradley is a photographer based in Monterey, California, who specializes in nature and wildlife images taken both underwater and above. In addition to photography, he is the author of the book Creative Workflow in Lightroom, and is a columnist and blogger for Outdoor Photographer magazine. He leads photo safaris around the world for above and underwater exploration, and is the owner and operator of Bradley Photographic Print Services – a fine art print lab.
To compliment his exhibit, the museum is hosting one of their popular “Naturalist Night” programs. This monthly lecture series features special guests speaking about varied topics from the natural world. The upcoming October Naturalist Night will be a discussion of What Lurks in the Deep: An Exploration of What Strange Creatures Live in the Ocean.
The speakers will be Jason Bradley and Gregor M. Cailliet from Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. The two marine experts will discuss the world’s oceans as a mysterious habitat and our final frontier, the importance of conservation, and will introduce the strange, alien-like creatures that are found in the secretive habitats of the deep-sea. The Naturalist Night program is scheduled for Wednesday, October 26th, 2016 at 7pm.
California: At the Water’s Edge is being exhibited September 2nd – November 13th, 2016.
Visit Jason’s website to see more of his work, to learn about fine art printing, and find info on his upcoming workshops and expeditions.