WASHINGTON (Oct. 21, 2011)— Veteran National Geographic photojournalist Brian Skerry has photographed ocean life for more than 30 years, capturing vivid images of some of the world’s most interesting marine animals and ecosystems. Through his time underwater, Skerry has documented some of the most stunning places in the world — but has also seen some of the most troublesome. In OCEAN SOUL (National Geographic Books; ISBN 978-1-4262-0816-4; on-sale date: Nov. 15, 2011; $50 hardcover), a new book from National Geographic and Conservation International, Skerry raises awareness of the plight of the world’s oceans through his striking photography and stories of marine life.
“Brian is one of the world’s greatest photographers, whose pictures will stay with you for the rest of your life. Brian has dedicated his life to the ocean as a journalist, explorer, and ocean conservationist,” writes Gregory Stone, senior vice president for marine conservation and chief scientist for oceans at Conservation International, in the book’s foreword. “The ocean needs us now more than ever, and Brian Skerry helps us understand that fact through his impressive life’s work.”
Throughout OCEAN SOUL, Skerry showcases the world’s oceans in their splendor while bringing awareness to the issues affecting marine wildlife and environments. Though he is concerned about the future of our oceans, his message is of both passion for the sea and optimism for the future — that the damage done to our oceans is not yet fatal so long as we work now to restore the sea.
“Scientists have described what is happening to the heart of the ocean. Images reveal her soul,” Skerry writes in his introduction. “With both as our guides, we can serve as vigilant guardians of the sea, and she will again thrive.”
Filled with more than 150 of Skerry’s gorgeous photographs of sea creatures both large and small, OCEAL SOUL is a breathtaking portrait of the deep. Skerry brings his exhilarating stories of underwater adventure to life through his words and images, from his experience of swimming with a group of right whales in New Zealand to following a 12-foot-long female tiger shark through the waters off Tiger Beach in the Bahamas. Specific animals, such as harp seals, leatherback turtles and right whales, are highlighted throughout the book with in-depth stories of his encounters with them and a thorough look at what can be done to save their species.
Skerry has photographed every ocean in the world, and each chapter focuses on a different type of ocean ecosystem and reveals the myriad creatures found there, such as a black grouper in the warm waters of Belize; a short-tailed stingray in the cool waters of New Zealand; gentoo penguins in the cold waters of Antarctica; and a group of colorful giant clams in the pristine waters of the Kingman Reef.
Both a dazzling photography book and anthology of tales of underwater adventure, OCEAN SOUL captures the majesty of the world’s oceans with a message of conservation and hope.
Skerry will be speaking in cities across North America as part of National Geographic Live’s upcoming speaker series, including in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 14; Mesa Ariz., on Nov. 13; Los Angeles on Dec. 1; Toronto on Dec. 6; Calgary on Jan. 17; and Seattle on Jan. 29, 30 and 31, 2012.
“Ocean Soul: Photography by Brian Skerry,” an exhibit of 40 of his photographs, is now on display at the National Geographic Museum’s M Street gallery through Feb. 12, 2012.
About the Author
Brian Skerry is an award-winning National Geographic photojournalist specializing in marine wildlife and underwater environments. His work has been featured in countless other publications worldwide, including Smithsonian, BBC Wildlife, Esquire and Audubon. Skerry frequently lectures on photography and conservation issues at venues such as National Geographic Live TED Talks, the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., and the Royal Geographical Society in London. He is a regular guest on such programs as NBC’s “Today,” CBS’s “Sunday Morning” and ABC’s “Good Morning America.”