It appears the book-writing bug has infected renowned underwater shooter Alex Mustard. Just a few months after releasing the highly praised Underwater Photography Masterclass, the British image-maker has announced the release of a new book—10 years in the making.
Alex has teamed up with writer Callum Roberts to produce Secrets of the Seas, an anthology of the ocean told through 10 unique stories. Each story is told through a 1,500-word essay accompanied by Alex’s award-winning and mind-opening images.
“[The book shares] insights into how creatures live their lives, revealing behavior, characters, seascapes, the beautiful and the bizarre,” Alex posted on his Facebook page. “It helps you get to know the ocean more deeply and then uses the facts it shares to help you properly understand the threats to our changing sea.”
Secrets of the Seas will be available on September 22. More information can be found in the announcement below.
Secrets of the Seas: A Journey into the Heart of the Oceans
By Alex Mustard and Callum Roberts
A superb visual celebration of life within and beneath the world’s seas and oceans, featuring stunning images from leading underwater photographer Alex Mustard.
We live on a planet where 71 percent of the surface is covered in water—and yet much of the wonderful wildlife within these underwater worlds remains mysterious and elusive to us, with high quality underwater photography being extremely difficult to find.
This book—aided by the wonderful imagery of Alex Mustard, one of the world’s leading underwater photographers—aims to shine new light upon our seas and the extraordinary variety of plant and animal life that lives beneath its depths. It also goes some way to showing us exactly what it is we stand to lose, with the text addressing the very real issues of change in the oceans along with tales of oceanography, marine life and human history in the seas.
The images are crisp and immediate, making this a beautiful coffee table item, with each chapter accompanied by a 1500 word essay and extended captions written by leading natural history writer, Professor Callum Roberts.
About the Authors
Alex Mustard has been taking underwater photographs for 30 years. In 2013 he was named European Wildlife Photographer of the Year and was a category winner in the UK Natural History Museum Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. His last book, Reefs Revealed, won the International Grand Prize for the best book of underwater photographs.
Callum Roberts is Professor of Marine Conservation at the University of York in the UK and is author of two award winning books, The Unnatural History of the Sea and Ocean of Life: How our Seas are Changing. For the last 25 years he has used science to make the case for stronger protection for marine life at both national and international levels.
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