PUB­LISHER’S NOTE

Asian Diver (English) - - What Bubbled -

Since colour im­ages of the un­der­wa­ter world first started ap­pear­ing in mag­a­zines, we have be­come ac­cus­tomed to see­ing stun­ning un­der­wa­ter sub­jects framed against the ocean’s beau­ti­ful nat­u­ral blue hues. But turn that back­ground pure black and you cre­ate stark por­traits of marine life that evoke com­pletely dif­fer­ent emo­tions in the viewer. In 2007, Scuba Diver AUS­TRALA­SIA put its first black back­ground im­age on the cover. The photo, taken by Wil­liam Tan, made the cover one of the most pow­er­ful in the mag­a­zine’s his­tory, and the is­sue be­came one of our most pop­u­lar.

Now, in 2017, Scuba Diver OCEAN PLANET cel­e­brates a decade of black-back­ground un­der­wa­ter photography with the stun­ning im­agery of a group of in­cred­i­bly gifted Chi­nese shoot­ers from Sin­ga­pore, China, Hong Kong, and Tai­wan. Wil­liam Tan is joined by Aaron Wong, Alan Lo, Yorko Sum­mer, Jim Chen, Lynn Wu, Ace Wu, Fan Zhang, Yue Hong

Jun and Jonathan Lin, to bring read­ers a whole new world of un­der­wa­ter black back­grounds. Black Is the New Blue is a thrilling show­case of some of the best un­der­wa­ter photography with black back­grounds. And with photography tips and tricks through­out, the spirit of our orig­i­nal Scuba Diver AUS­TRALA­SIA mag­a­zine lives on. Launched as part of the ADEX China 2017 Book Fes­ti­val, this book in­cludes text in both English and Chi­nese – a nod to the amaz­ingly tal­ented un­der­wa­ter shoot­ers across the Asian re­gion.

Learn, Lead, In­spire

John Thet

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