Aquatic Virtual Worlds by Photographer Luciano Candisani – Cultura

Aquatic Virtual Worlds by Photographer Luciano Candisani – Cultura

Two currents gushing out with soft sounds from the ocean at Enseada das Anchovas off the coast of São Paulo beautiful island, just in front of the boat of biologist and oceanographer Luciano Candisani. One strong and one soft, the spray confirmed the conjecture: a humpback whale had given birth there a few days ago. new?

“This image is an important scientific grant, and it is now in a documentary show that, in addition to Bahia, other species of whales are bred on the Brazilian coast,” the artist enthuses. A phone call in the open ocean, on a colleague’s sailboat, not far from the area where you clicked the scene. “This confirms the strength of marine life and its adaptability. Reclaiming places in the ocean and producing populations of life,” he added.

The photo was chosen for the cover of the book Atlântico Paulista: Carta de Navigation for Biodiversity (Editora Coral Vivo), a publication launched this month that poetically and powerfully documents the marine life of the coast frequented by Brazilians , at the same time, its deepest form is little known.

“The purpose of this article is to open a door to such a rich environment around us, which is still very little explored. Only then can we better learn how to protect these biomes,” explains Candisani, who took advantage of the past two Living in her water house, the sailboat Hiva Oa, in 2009 during quarantine due to the pandemic, began her own endeavor, revisiting areas already explored to document its current developments.

In contemporary photography, Candisani has a prolific trajectory in documenting the traditional culture of ecosystems. Her latest project includes a series of images on display at the Instituto Moreira Salles that tell the stories of divers from Jeju Island, South Korea.

They are women in their 90s who use only the air in their lungs to dive to a depth of 10 meters and stay there for two minutes in search of octopus, fish, shells and other seafood, maintaining a tradition of more than four centuries. “It’s a story about the unique power of women and contains important lessons about universal themes of the passage of time, belonging and connection to the environment we all depend on,” she said.

The desire to raise awareness and bring viewers closer to the natural world has led the artist to download his latest work for free on the Instituto Coral Vivo website. “The image of São Paulo is often associated with accelerated urbanization. Many people are unaware of the country’s greatest and most vulnerable wealth, our natural heritage”, explains project coordinator Tito Lotufo, an expert in marine biology.

On the next trip, Candisani emphasizes, it is a sequence of voyages through oceanic islands in order to revisit and document the transformation of these biomes. A cause that’s definitely worth collecting another good publication.

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