Alien 1




Alien #1 is the 1st place winner of Scuba Diving Magazine’s International Photo Competition.

Oxycephalus amphipod riding on a spiral raft of Salps.
While hunting for the Aliens Collection, each night is a completely different adventure. On this particular night, within seconds of beginning my descent, I noticed a group of cloned salps coiled in a beautiful spiral shape – this caught my attention not just because of it’s aesthetic beauty, but because 99.9% of the time, they form a long stretched-out chain rather than this coil. I shot it a few times, and moved on looking for other freaks from the deep.
Within minutes, I realized there was a temporary local abundance of these salps coiled into spirals, and this is a topic I always encourage my photo workshop students to take advantage of, whatever species it may involve. So I set out moving from spiral to spiral, looking for the most perfect specimen; one that stood out. And when I finally found this one….eureka! Both salps and oxycephalus amphipods are exceedingly common, (although the spiral shape was unique) and I felt the two common subjects combined made for a portrait that explained the relationship of very different creatures navigating the void of the deep ocean together.

For printing, we offer the Aliens as squares on either aluminum or canvas, but they are customizable into other shapes if your design plan requires it. You can purchase this luxury wall art online in standard sizes, but if you’d like to discuss a custom crop or size, please contact one of our design consultants at the art gallery.  Perhaps our most popular arrangement for Aliens is a grouping of three of our 15″ x 15″ aluminums, but I encourage you to discuss the size & shape of your project’s wall, and one of our design consultants will help you develop an amazing contemporary art installation that blurs the lines between natural beauty and scientific fascination.  Alien 1 is available up to a maximum size of 96″.


Scuba Diving Magazine’s 2021 Photo Contest