Ten Below: A Photographic Journey into the Hidden World Just Beneath the Ocean Waves

by Carolyn Sotka

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IMAGE: Stephen Bakalich-Murdoch

Sometimes the greatest mystery and beauty lies within our reach and we don’t ever realize it. In Stephen Bakalich-Murdoch’s new series, Ten Below, he shares beautiful photographs of the underwater world just a few inches beneath the surface along Sydney Australia’s coast.

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IMAGE: Stephen Bakalich-Murdoch

In his own words, Stephen says:

“Reference anything beneath us and generally it precludes interest because it is just that, beneath us. Yet life at the smallest levels is equally intriguing as any imposing opposite, and in fact all is relative to the perspective with which the subject is viewed. Much like viewing earth from above.

Everything below appears minute and indiscernible yet when grounded we understand and appreciate the vast complexity of that grounded perspective. Go beyond into the solar system or our galaxy and the same would be true.

 Ten Below… is a series of images exploring the unseen beauty of worlds within worlds. Thriving amongst Sydney’s rock pools and reef ledges, tidal shallows and crevices hides a fantastic realm of abstract, alien landscapes. Variables such as tide, water quality, currents, rain, wind, cloud and positioning of the sun all affect the mood of the image. Rippled reflections vanish into a seemingly infinite void belie the true stature within and allude to a far greater size than the confines of my perspective. 

There is something profoundly elegant and subtle in the way nature composes Her form. Only when we pause and watch can we truly see the depth and magnificence of life at every level. It is a reminder of our place amongst nature and no matter how insignificant we believe small to be, the contrary is true. All things exist in accordance with each other for each other, no matter the stature.”

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IMAGE: Stephen Bakalich-Murdoch

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IMAGE: Stephen Bakalich-Murdoch

Check out Ten Below and Stephen Bakalich-Murdoch’s complete gallery of stunning images. If you happen to be in Sydney, his exhibit opens March 20, 2014 at the St. Vincent’s Hospital. -CS

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