What lies beneath

The ocean holds the vast majority of life on Earth, and we are yet to explore 95% of this teeming living space.

Island Bay

Photography by Oscar Keys

Featured in Capital #58
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There are over 1,000,000 species of plants and animals living in our oceans and an estimated further 9,000,000 species that we are yet to discover or classify.

“The chance to discover and explore a completely alien world is right on our doorsteps,” says Wellington photographer Oscar Keys. “The colours, light, movement, life, and sound of our oceans are as unfamiliar as they are alluring, and all this is right in front of us.”

It was Oscar who brought us the Abandoned Spaces photo-essay (Cap #35). In this new underwater collaboration, he goes below the surface to expose what lies beneath. Oscar used snorkel gear, the GoPro Hero 7 Black, and the Olympus TG-4 to shoot this photo-essay which he says “quite literally only scratches the surface of this world, and I hope that it serves as an invitation to explore.”

So, come on in, the water’s fine.

Shelly Bay
Houghton Bay / Taputeranga Reserve
Island Bay / Taputeranga Reserve
Island Bay / Taputeranga Reserve
Houghton Bay – Taputeranga Reserve
Oriental Bay


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