The Day I Fell in Love with the Sea
Being an avid freediver, water lover and creative type, I’ve arranged a collection of underwater photos to recall and share my earliest underwater experiences in Africa. The photos were taken in Tanzania from January – March 2014, a liminal time, juxtaposed of self and sea exploration. Each photo is accompanied by a one-line prose, written at the time, to authentically express my experience and emotion and to remember those first moments when I fell in love with the sea.
'Where Sky Meets Sea' - Mafia Island
A seam of vast expanse, and a liminal landscape, captured in a marginal space
'Beneath the Boat' - Msasani Bay, Dar es Salaam
Obscure and shifting, a blanket of silver flecks beneath the silent waves
'Trumpet' - Nungwi, Zanzibar
Teemed among turquoise tides, lie sunken secrets in a reef abound
'Spotted Puffer' - Msasani Bay, Dar es Salaam
What big body with wonderful spots gliding through the water like an undersea zeppelin
'A Dynamited Hole' - Bongoyo Island, Dar es Salaam
Boom! A deliberate hole of death, followed by so many more, a dying reef crying-out
'Schooling Dagaa' - Msasani Bay, Dar es Salaam
I swim, as one of them, a fish in a school, and wonder where, this fish will go...
'The Sun Always Shines Above The Clouds' - Msasani Bay, Dar es Salaam
Storm clouds drop down into the sea, adding darkness to a radiant sky
'Mindlessness In Itself' - Mbudya Island, Dar es Salaam
"It's really when one stops thinking about oneself and become oneself" -Sergio Tiempo
'Nature's Scheming' - Msasani Bay, Dar es Salaam
A filefish crouches beneath the shaded sea and dissolves into a barnical backcloth
'Birds of the Sea and Shore' - Msasani Bay, Dar es Salaam
Mostly white with some tarnished gray, a carved instant of unchallenged flight
'A Rock in the Sea' - Mbudya Island, Dar es Salaam
Floating over a rock, untouched by human hand, full of unseen creatures
'Platax Close At Hand' - Msasani Bay, Dar es Salaam
With compressed bodies, they swerve, curve and follow along, in a state of potent curiosity
'Peaceful Surroundings' - Kismani, Mafia Island
Motionless with a panting fish surround, immersed in illuminated hidden depths
'Dynamited Reef' - Kingamboni, Dar es Salaam
A moray eel hiding beneath what was once a flourishing coral reef, now just fragments & urchins remain.
'Puffed-up Puffer' - Msasani Bay, Dar es Salaam
Puffer fish, with big black eyes staring, and fluttering fins, one minute a fish, the next a balloon, where shall we go...?
'Here Comes the Rain' - Msasani Bay, Dar es Salaam
Being in, what feels like, the middle of the ocean during a rain storm is, an experience in itself...