FROM THE ED­I­TOR

Scuba Diver Australasia + Ocean Planet - - Contents -

In so many ways, the ocean has be­come an in­spir­ing medium for the artists, per­form­ers and dream­ers of our world. And no won­der – it has been sci­en­tif­i­cally proven that our brains en­ter a state of re­lax­ation when near the ocean. But what hap­pens when we dive into it?

The crea­tures that greet us – fan­tas­ti­cal in their own ways – dare us to en­ter a re­al­ity that greatly dif­fers from our own. If you take a mo­ment, you’ll find your­self peer­ing through a dif­fer­ent lens: the fluke of a dugong be­comes an al­lur­ing mermaid tail; an unas­sum­ing fish turns into an ab­stract paint­ing.

The photographers, artists and writ­ers fea­tured here have all found in­spi­ra­tion in the ocean. Through their eyes, my per­cep­tion of the ocean and its in­hab­i­tants has been chal­lenged and widened. What we see is largely shaped by what we think, and some­times, all we need is a trip to the ocean and the courage to dream.

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