Photographer Andrew Pederson captures the abundance of underwater beauty in our oceans with his photos from Thailand and the Caribbean, on display at the Kirkland Public Library. View open hours.
More Information About Underwater Photography of Andrew Pederson
Many passions move us, the inertia in our lives. Our planet is blessed with a tropical underwater abundance and variety that amazes me. The graceful slow glide of a Spotted Ray, Queen Angelfish swimming in pairs amongst healthy and thriving coral formations, giant sea fans swaying gently to the motion of the water… these are the kinds of scenes that own my heart. Reef photography presents many challenges (limited air time, unpredictable moving subjects, etc.) and the best shots usually involve patience or an element of luck. Whether freediving or scuba I use all natural light in my attempt to uniquely capture the colorful majesties below. The thrill of it is never knowing what lies just ahead, inspiring adventure, simply letting my eye for composition lead.
Earth’s coral reefs are in severe decline due to ocean acidification, ocean warming (causing coral bleaching and disease), over-fishing and pollution. Thousands of researchers are presently working on various recovery strategies and solutions. Globally nearly 500 million people, directly or indirectly, depend on these fragile ecosystems for their economic well-being. Lowering atmospheric CO2 levels is a must. Each of us can help simply by driving less, turning out lights when we leave a room, and by using energy efficient bulbs. With awareness spreading via social media, more people are becoming ocean defenders.
About the Artist
Andrew Pederson studied Architecture at the University of Washington and Visual Communications at the Art Institute of Seattle. He is a member of the PADI Diving Society and the International Society for Reef Studies.
All artwork displayed at the Kirkland Public Library Satellite Exhibition is for sale as marked by the Kirkland Arts Center.