Through the lens of life in Lombok; images captured from exploring the many waterfalls of Gunung Rinjani, to spending a day with the rice farmers of the many farmlands.
“If you love a flower that lives on a star, it is sweet to look at the sky at night. All the stars are a-bloom with flowers . . .”
– The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The discovery of life on another planet would light up space in a way for exploration that few could ever truly imagine. Just imagine: a night’s sky with all the stars and planets alight – in this too-big, too-vast universe – hosting some form of life. And each of those forms of life developing on their own terms, perhaps unaware of the myriad other forms of life that surround them. It’s a discovery that would revolutionise late-night dates lying on car bonnets, improve remote camping trips around tiny fires, and change science as we once knew it.
After being attacked by a titan triggerfish – an ambush that felt like a punch from Muhammad Ali’s right fist and the bite of Tyson, though I’m not one to exaggerate – I started to realise the importance of why we as divers need to remain aware when underwater.
Traditionally, the seven wonders of the Ancient World were a collection of remarkable constructions listed by various Greek authors. The list contained the likes of the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Lighthouse of Alexandria and many other ancient land constructions… But the Greek authors, when compiling this list, never considered exploring what “wonders” may have lay beneath the waves. Grand underwater canyons and abandoned temples were submerged underwater, out of sight.
When NASA launched Apollo 8 – the first manned spacecraft to leave the Earth’s orbit, reach the moon and return – they became the first humans to ever witness “Earthrise”. Floating in the perpetual darkness of space over 300,000 kilometres away from civilisation, they gazed back to take a look at our Earth; only half visible, a blue marble slowly spinning. Our blue planet.
“Until the lion learns how to write, every story will glorify the hunter”
– African Proverb
Walter Benjamin famously said that “history is written by the victors”, and the truth of this mantra repeats throughout the inventing timeline over and over; take the unsung hero of the second industrial revolution, Nikola Tesla, whose work was stolen by Thomas Edison, or Daisuke Inoue who never made a million from his karaoke machine.
For many, dedicating a lifetime to protecting and understanding the underwater world – a world that they may never see, apart from on television screens and picture postcards – may appear ridiculous, if not radical. […]