An Exhibit of Undersea Phenomena in Ultra-Slow Motion by Mission 31 Aquanaut Grace Calvert Young

by Owen James Burke

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Screenshot from Living Undersea: Rare Footage of Marine Life

Some things happen in a flash underwater, too quickly for even the most state-of-the-art camera. High-speed cameras are extremely light-sensitive, and with the limited amount of light which water allows, many believed high-speed photography couldn’t possibly work beneath the waves. Mission 31 Aquanaut and MIT Ocean Engineer Grace Calvert Young set out with a Kickstarter fund to prove them wrong, and she did.

Watch her video, Living Undersea: Rare Footage of Marine Life:

Opening tonight at 7:00PM at the MIT Wiesner Art Gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Grace Calvert Young’s exhibit of photographs taken during the Mission 31 expedition with the brand new 1,500fps “Edgertronic” (named after longtime Jacques-Yves Cousteau collaborator and high-speed camera pioneer Doc Edgerton), a caliber of camera which up until now has yet to grace the oceans depths.

The exhibit will remain at MIT in Cambridge, MA until the end of January, when it will continue on to Washington, D.C. If you’re within striking distance of either cities, the exhibit would be a shame to miss. If not, keep an eye out on Ms. Young’s blog, Grace Under the Sea, to find out where she will land next.

Also, watch her thrifty (already funded) Kickstarter video — OJB

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